This is an excerpt from Max Lucado’s book, Traveling Light: Releasing the Burdens You Were Never Intended to Bear. I thought someone may be encouraged by this, as I was:
You may be facing death, but you aren’t facing death alone; the Lord is with you. You may be facing unemployment, but you aren’t facing unemployment alone; the Lord is with you. You may be facing marital struggles, but you aren’t facing them alone; the Lord is with you. You may be facing debt, but you aren’t facing debt alone; the Lord is with you.
Underline these words: You are not alone.
Your family may turn against you, but God won’t. Your friends may betray you, but God won’t. You may feel alone in the wilderness, but you are not. He is with you. And because He is, everything is different. You are different.
God changes your n into a v. You go from lonely to lovely. When you know God loves you, you won’t be desperate for the love of others.
You’ll no longer be a hungry shopper at the market. Have you ever gone to the grocery [store] on an empty stomach? You’re a sitting duck. You buy everything you don’t need. Doesn’t matter if it is good for you – you just want to fill your tummy. When you’re lonely, you do the same in life, pulling stuff off the shelf, not because you need it, but because you are hungry for love.
Why do we do it? Because we fear facing life alone. …But all that changes when we discover God’s perfect love. And “perfect love casts out fear: (I John 4:18 NKJV).
Loneliness. Could it be one of God’s finest gifts? If a season of solitude is His way to teach you to hear His song, don’t you think it’s worth it?
So do I.
From Traveling Light: Releasing the Burdens You Were Never Intended to Bear, page 112, 113. I HIGHLY recommend this book!