I’m So Lonely!
“One thing I have desired of the Lord,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord,
And to inquire in His temple.” Psalm 27:4
Some people are lonely. Some people are really, really lonely. I was so lonely for so long I couldn’t see any way out of my loneliness. I wasn’t just lonely when I was all alone. I was lonely when I was surrounded by people. I was lonely in my soul. I once loved a man whose dog in his youth was called Lonesome. That’s how I was. Lonesome. But I didn’t just have some loneliness. I was pretty much consumed with it. It ate away at my very heart, it seemed. Can you relate?
I honestly can’t remember the last time I felt lonely. It’s been years now. Imagine. I’m out on the road year-round for the Lord and ministry. I stay mostly in hotels besides my six months in a New York City apartment building. I go to places where I often know few if any people. I’m single on purpose for Christ. I don’t have a whole family anymore. I don’t work in a traditional workplace, have typical hobbies, or belong to a gym. I normally spend holidays on my own. No more loneliness. Not an ounce of it. Nor do I ever feel alone.
Sometimes I get bored. I’m prone to restlessness. I love to be around people. I find it challenging to spend too much time on my own even though it makes for seasons of spending time with the Lord, taking time for rest, and is a great opportunity for my writing. But loneliness? It’s gone.
How? How could someone be as lonely as I once was and be as without loneliness as I now am? Especially when I love people and intimate relationships as much as I do? Simple. THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.
Friend, when Christ is your Lord, your Savior, your redeemer, your master, your King, your healer, your helper, your comforter, your leader, your guide, your counselor, your Father, your God, and your very best friend, when His Spirit lives inside you, when His Word is your road map for living, when you behold His beauty and His glory, when He is your first love, your peace, your promise, and your joy, when you have been forgiven and given a forever relationship with Him through repentance and believing in Him as Lord, when you seek and experience His presence regularly, when you commune with Him daily, when you hear His voice, and you live to be loved by Him and to love Him in return, and when you live day in and day out for the Lord’s glory, the loneliness that once was has no place to remain.
Give Jesus your entire heart. Give Jesus your entire life. Give Jesus your entire devotedness. Give Him your entire commitment. Live to love and glorify God. Receive His love and forgiveness. Love Him in return. Love others in His name. Enjoy Him. Experience Him. Commune with Him regularly. Be His now. Be His moment by moment. Be His through faith in Him forever.
Goodbye loneliness. Hello Jesus – forevermore!