Have You Ever Felt Alone In a Crowd of Friends?

What do you do when you feel alone?  not the good alone – of restorative and restful time apart- but the alone of left, abandoned, unseen?

Have you been there?  You know those times when your relationships feel distant. strained, preoccupied or clumsy?  Or when you really need to share your heart and there isn’t room to do so?

We can be in the middle of a crowd of people, even friends and yet feel totally alone.  And it feels awful.

Sometimes, we leave, emotionally detach or physically make an exit, sometimes we numb the pain of aloneness with food, drink, activities, busyness, sometimes we scramble and share anyway desperate for connection.   I have done all of these things and none really provide comfort – but rather a momentarily feeling of relief, that when it passes, I still feel alone.

Can you relate?

Jesus can.  God in the flesh knows what it is to be utterly alone.

I can’t wrap my mind around that.  I struggled after reading todays She Reads Truth Day 35 with what to write.  The image of Jesus in emotional, mental and soulish agony silenced me.

I can’t wrap my mind or heart around Jesus’ choice, because even in those moments of feeling alone, I know deep down that I am never alone… God is with me always.

Big sigh…

God is always with us. We are never alone, no matter what we might feel.

That truth makes the complete aloneness of Jesus unfathomable.

I pause and am undone.

No matter what we are experiencing, struggling with, or even excited about – We are never alone.  God with us- Emmanuel.

How does this truth impact you today?

How can you remind yourself of this truth when you're feeling alone?

How have you felt or rested in God’s presence in those alone moments?


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