"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you."
~ John 14: 18
At some point in our life, we will all experience loneliness. It is real and can be a life-changing experience for many.
I wish that I could say, "but you're never really alone," and immediately a person's perspective would change. Feeling abandoned by God is by far one of the most difficult moments to understand.
Sometimes the silence in our hearts, and the emptiness of the moment can seem like eternity when we find that we are waiting on an answer. Awaiting the echo of your own voice in a dark valley can be comforting, but when the voice is not yours, but instead a comforting message of hope to your call, there comes the assurance that you are not alone.
Remember that whatever you may go through, there has been someone who has felt just like you. Even in a moment of great darkness for Christ he cried out, "Why have you abandoned me?"
I have to believe that because we are made in the image of God, that God has an understanding of what loneliness feels like.
I have often wondered what the years of darkness and nothingness of the universe must have been like before God decided to command, "Let there be light."
You are not alone. In times of loneliness consider the moment and that while you wait, may you find the grace your heart desires to move forward and know you are not alone.
"I will be with you always..."
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.