Shadows

Never Alone

Have you ever been alone?  About once a year, often in the summer, my wife will take our children up to visit her parents for a couple of days.  It’s a good chance for them to visit, and to experience a different environment.  While I will sometimes make the same trip to visit with my in-laws, other times I remain home with other commitments (whether work, or otherwise).  In these cases, I come home to an empty house, and – without the usual kid and electronic device noises – it’s a little unusual, and sometimes almost unsettling.  (That’s usually when I turn on the TV, just for some background noise.)

Have you ever felt lonely?  Loneliness is not a function of how many people are around us, and unfortunately, it’s not even a function of how many people care about us.  I’m no psychologist, but I think that it’s a function of whether we feel that others care about us.  As a result, it’s tough when we see those we love feeling lonely, because we know that they are not alone, and that others (including us) care for them.

Intellectually, we may know that Jesus will never leave us, nor forsake us.  After all, Hebrews 13 says pretty much that, exactly:

Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,”
so that we confidently say,
“The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid.
What will man do to me?”
Hebrews 13:5‭-‬6 NASB

http://bible.com/100/heb.13.5-6.NASB

(Reference Deuteronomy 31:6-8, and Psalm 118:6)

However, even if we intellectually know this to be true, that doesn’t always mean that we feel like it.  When we lose that connection between what God has said, and what we feel, it may seem like we lose our connection to God’s strength, as well as our effectiveness for God.

I’m not here to tell you to just “change your feelings”.  If that were possible, I’d never have to be lonely, myself (nor frustrated, angry without cause, or sad).  Instead, all I can offer is a reminder of what God promised to us, and the encouragement that no matter how we may feel, we are never alone.

If you are feeling lonely today, I encourage you to seek out a trusted friend, pastor, or counselor to talk through your feelings.  If you are making arrangements to do so, I invite you to take a little encouragement – in the meantime – from the lyrics to the hymn, “No, Never Alone”:

No, never alone,
No, never alone,
He promised never to leave me,
Never to leave me alone;
No, never alone,
No, never alone,
He promised never to leave me,
Never to leave me alone.

https://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/h/688

Whether you are alone or not alone today, may you never be lonely with Jesus around.


For more reading about engaging with God in the quiet times, see:

4 thoughts on “Never Alone

  1. That is one of my many favorite hymns. I’ve said for sometime that our feelings are fickle. Sometimes they match the situation, and often they don’t; they keep changing, too. We must act on what we know is right whether we feel like it or not.

    Your comments on knowing we are never alone when we have Jesus are right on the mark. Additionally, being alone with only Jesus can give us an opportunity to think about some things that we may miss when are distracted and engaged with others around. It’s good to learn to be alone on occassion with just Jesus and our thoughts directed by Him and toward Him.

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    1. That’s a great point: not only do we need to remember when we feel alone that Jesus is with us; sometimes, we need to intentionally be alone with Him, so that we can pay closer attention to His leading.

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