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Why “Alone” Isn’t Always a Bad Thing

Why “Alone” Isn’t Always a Bad Thing

Have you ever felt totally alone?  Like there is no one who gets it.  No one who understands.  No one who you can talk to?  Well, you are not…alone.

I was sitting here again in the wee hours when Kari Jobe’s voice comes through my earbuds.  I have talked about this before, but obviously, I listen to a lot of music.  This is just the way the Lord most often speaks to me.  I heard it once said by my favorite worship leader (Amanda Cook) that, “Heaven rides in on a melody.”  Well, that is certainly true for me.  When I need a greater awareness of the presence of the Lord, I just crank up the worship music and drown out all the other voices (mainly my own).

So as I was sitting here in my blue chair with everyone asleep, my laptop open, having just read the account of Creation and the Fall in Genesis 1-3 for a bible study, and journaling, and worshipping and praying, I begin to hear these lyrics:

“When I walk through deep waters, I know that You will be with me.”

I began to sing (internally – because, hello…sleeping children) this over those who may be sitting up right now, feeling alone.  Feeling scared, feeling that there is no one.  Because I know a little about that.  I know a little about fighting a battle “alone”.  One that it seems there is literally no one who can help.  No one you can talk to.  Maybe even scrolling through your contacts in an attempt to find someone, anyone you can talk to about it but finding no one.

I believe, there are some roads God asks us to walk alone simply so that we can learn to trust Him.  And only Him.

But here is the thing.  If we are in Christ, we have access to the greatest counselor, the friend who sticks closer than a brother (or sister).  So, as I sit here, fighting a battle on my knees (ok, that’s not true, I’m wrapped up in a blanket in my chair with my cat on my lap – but you get the picture) fighting an enemy who wants nothing more than to steal, kill and destroy.  I am comforted by the fact that “I am not alone”.

“Lord you fight my every battle and I will not fear.  I am not alone.”

So if this is you, and you are feeling alone, afraid, hopeless, unheard, misunderstood.  He is near.  You are not alone.  He is an ever-present help.  He will never leave you nor forsake you.  Say these aloud:

“The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”  Deuteronomy 31:8

“Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9

“But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior, my God will hear me.”  Micah 7:7

“Cast all your anxiety on Him for He cares for you.”  1 Peter 5:7

And I will say it again, because it is worth repeating, “I believe there are some roads God asks us to walk alone simply so that we can learn to trust Him.  And only Him.”

So friends, know that you are never alone.  God is with you, He is near.  Lean in.  You may find that He is already there in your battle.  He goes before you and He protects you from behind.  (Isaiah 52:12)

Listen and declare…

 

 

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