Carl was in
a funk. Almost every waking moment he was constantly seeking out our attention.
It had gotten to be pretty annoying in the last couple of days. It didn’t make
any sense. We were home more now than ever before. He was getting a long walk
every day and receiving more treats than usual. So why was he so needy?
everything on the outside looks great.
We all have a tendency to look at others and think that they must have a
perfect life based on the things they possess and the situation they are in.
But just like Carl, many times our peace doesn’t come from what is on the
outside but what lies deep within our souls.
when an unexplained dark cloud sweeps over our lives can be the most
difficult. It is easier to travel
through hard times when you are sharing the circumstance with others. We can
all huddle together and know that others can relate to what is happening. But
it is when we have an internal mood pass through, that life feels like you are
on your own.
No one likes
to be alone in their sorrow and the gut wrenching feeling that comes with it.
We can easily deny the feelings but everyone experiences it at some point in their
lives. When this overwhelming emotion takes residence in our bodies, we should
look to the one that can sympathize with us.
been with God since the beginning. They had been together from the start. But
in order for us to be able to have a relationship with God, Jesus had to
separate himself from his father.
It is hard
to fathom the deep hurt that Jesus and God felt to be a part. It was such a
devastating experience that God turned the day into night. In the darkness, Jesus cried out “My God, My
God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 26:46 Words that demonstrate how hurt
He was as He left this world alone.
us to know that He has been alone and knows the feelings that accompany this
state of mind. His willingness to experience isolation from his father was done
so that we would choose to call on Him when we are grieving in silence.
As I wrote
this, I felt the need to go and spend some time with Carl. I felt he wanted to know that he was loved so
I sat on the couch with him. As I petted his soft coat and spoke to him, he
seemed to appreciate the attention I was giving him. In the same way, we can
receive what we need if we converse with God and use His word to encourage us
out of the rough times.
Loneliness swept over my little dog like a hurricane swirling onto shore. Carl starred at me as I left the back porch with a look of sure terror. It was clear that he wondered if I would ever come home and if he would be left stranded in the solitude of his existence.
So many of us experience loneliness on a regular basis. My husband is a courier that travels to remote places where people are literally stranded without human contact. He has shared with me how some people will do anything to extend a conversation so that they don’t have to walk back into isolation.
The other day I was listening to a talk show and the topic of loneliness was being discussed by a psychiatrist. The doctor mentioned that being alone can be just as bad for your health as obesity and addictions. Given our society’s push for independence and how needing people is seen as a weakness, it isn’t difficult to understand why loneliness has become such a problem.
Psalm 68:6 states that God puts the lonely into families. If this is the case why are there so many lonely people out there? In the same verse it states that the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land. In other words, when we act independently or prideful and give the air that we don’t need others, we will probably end up alone.
Carl is hardly ever left alone for more than a couple of hours. And when he is left, his sister Bee is always with him. But it is clear that he has an intense need for human contact. Even though it can be a pain at times, we have come to appreciate feeling so needed.
Poor Carl. He was barred from his bed and once again had to sleep on the couch. Bee, stood in the doorway and made it crystal clear that he was not going to enter. So instead of experiencing the abuse of the Frenchie, he turned and walked down the darkened hallway to sleep alone.
I am sure he feels that no one understands his plight. Others would call him a wimp if they knew how his smaller sister was bullying him. As much as I wish I could teach him to stand up for himself, Bee has taken the role of the alpha and they need to work it out.
Mary must have felt similar feelings when the angel came to her and told her that she would carry the Son of God in her womb. Who would have any understanding of the situation and how to find peace in it?
When we go through trials alone, we can become very self-absorbed and just feel sorry for ourselves. But if we can find someone that has gone through a similar situation, we can find peace and purpose in our hardships.
God knows us and knew the importance of having someone for Mary at this time. Luke 1:39-41 states, “At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.”
For the next three months, Mary stayed with Elizabeth as she came to full term and delivered her baby. This must have been a very special time for both of these women as they shared the joy of being a first time mother.
God loved these two women so much that He gave them each other at such a sensitive time in their lives. And if He demonstrated his love for these women by giving them each other, why shouldn’t we acknowledge His love in the friendships that He has given us?