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September 11, 2017, 12:02 AM

How has God used moments of loneliness to shed light on your need for Him?


The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:17-18

It’s funny how God brings two complete opposites together. I am a morning person. Wide awake and ready to go as soon as my feet hit the floor. Not my wife, most days she’s like a groggy grizzly bear who has just risen from a month long hibernation. The slightest noise will wake me up. Not her. She has slept through tornados, fire alarms, thunderstorms, barking dogs, and crying babies.  If heavy sleeping were an Olympic sport, she would be a lock for a gold medal. Being a deep sleeper, she devised a trick to see the light of day at a reasonable time. Her iPhone has 5 alarms set and I have mine set as a backup. Those screeching sounds are the only way to shock her system into wake up mode. Without them, she’d sleep right through the day.

 

In some regards, loneliness serve as a similar wake up call. When life is going well, we can sleep walk through our days not realizing our desperate need for connection with God and others. The pain of loneliness rouses us from our slumber. It awakens our eyes to see our brokenness and separation. Colliding with pain forces us to come face-to-face with our deepest spiritual needs. Our natural tendency will be to hit the snooze button, roll over, and try to go back to sleep. But, the alarm ringing again is inevitable.  We’ve got to get out of bed and answer the call. But, more importantly, we have to realize there is a beauty and purpose behind the pain. God is not so much concern with changing our circumstances. He is more focused on mending our heart.

 

God desires to redeem our loneliness. If we lean into the pain, God can use our loneliness to transform our heart and mind as well as bring us in a deeper intimacy with Him. C.S. Lewis  said, “We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”  God wants to speak to us through the pain. The alarm is ringing, are you going to answer it?  How has God used moments of loneliness to shed light on your need for Him?

 

This is my Prayer: Father God, often I struggle to hear Your voice or sense Your presence. Yet, in those lonely moments when I can no longer ignore the pain, I can feel You are with me. Lord during these times when I am all alone I can sense You shouting to me, reminding me that You will never leave me nor forsake me. Jesus redeem my loneliness and let the pain bring me closer to Your side. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.


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