When I was in high school, there was a song that was popular called “All by Myself.” The singer, Eric Carmon, did not want to be all by himself anymore.
And that may be the way you are feeling right now. With the “Shelter-at-Home” Order about to enter its fourth week, some of us extroverts are needing our peeps!
I don’t know about you, but I am craving lunches and fun trips with friends, “unmasked” grocery shopping, and face-to-face ministry meetings. I am missing corporate worship at church, as well as hugs and handshakes. According to Healthline, in a study of over 400 adults, researchers found hugging may reduce the chance a person will get sick. Seems like an oxymoron to me. We can be healthier if we hug, but can’t hug right now because we might get sick.
This past week there was a day where I was feeling super lonely, so I prayed, “Lord, you say you will never leave us nor forsake us, so I pray you will do something to show that you are with me.” Not long after that prayer, my spiritual daughter, Lara, called and said she was going to bring some Easter treats over to me, then the founder of a ministry I volunteer with checked in and asked how she could pray for me. That afternoon, I spent about 45 minutes on the phone with someone else I know and we had an engaging theological discussion.
I was no longer lonely!
But this feeling of loneliness can come in waves. On Easter Sunday, as I enjoyed a walk alone in the brilliant sunshine, I was missing my family, I saw a lot of couples and their children walking, as well as people on family bike rides, and that “all by myself” feeling tried to set in again. I wished my husband would walk with me so I wouldn’t be out there alone, but power walks are really not his thing. However, as soon as I voiced this internal complaint I was convicted, as if God was saying, “Am I not enough? Aren’t I with you on your walks?” I generally spend my walks praying or listening to worship music. I told Him I was sorry, and realized the Holy Spirit Himself reminded me that He is with me.
We are not alone.
If you are starting to climb the walls and need a little social interaction, ask the Lord to show you He is nearby. Often, He uses other people to reach us. Isaiah 41:10 says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” And he does. I have seen Him provide joy when I’m sad. Peace when I’m anxious. Love when I feel rejected.
He is Jehovah Jireh, our Provider, and He will provide supernaturally for our needs. We just need to ask.
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
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