"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. But for many, even the feeling of abandonment by God can and does happen.
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 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, brings 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?"
The truth of the matter is that we were created by a God that must have known that loneliness as well.
I have often wondered what the years of darkness and nothingness of the universe must have been like before God declared, "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) 2018
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.