I love the company of people and often seek out people. But I also like my own company, which means I am often alone. This has been the story of my life even though I have a good wife and children and five grandchildren who are all very special to me.
“God has made us human beings in his image with the need for his fellowship. At the same time he has created us with a need for other people. Thus loneliness may reflect a deficiency in either or both of these directions.” Elizabeth Skogland
Once when I was shaving, I stopped and really looked at myself in the mirror and the words, ‘who am I?’ came to mind. I realised afresh that I only live in this body and not for a very long time.
In the beginning God created man in his own image and breathed the spirit of life into him. When Jesus sent his disciples out he prayed for them and breathed his Spirit into them. Then the day of Pentecost arrived and God poured his Spirit into all those present in the upper room. Their spirits were immersed or baptized as we call it today, into God. He breathed a new life into them.
“Jesus died to take away our sins, not our feelings. I have often marveled at how we humans so value the spiritual and cognitive aspects of our person while devaluing the emotional aspect – as if God, when He was creating human beings, only got two-thirds of it right.” David Norton
To go back to the beginning of this article, ‘though I feel on my own, I’m never alone’. Because my spirit is immersed in God’s spirit I am continually in touch with God. When I pray it is my spirit praying, God answers me by his Spirit in my spirit and so we converse in Jesus name in spirit. My Bible tells me, ‘those that seek God should do so in spirit and truth and God is the rewarder of those that diligently seek him.’
“Remember: God is greater than any problem that you have. Write out the following verse on a card and tape it to your bathroom mirror or place it over your kitchen sink. ‘So humble yourselves under God’s strong hand, and in His own good time He will lift you up. You can throw the whole weight of your anxieties upon Him, for you are his personal concern.” 1 Peter 5: 6-7 Phillips Translation.
To overcome that aloneness persistently seek God in spirit and truth and be rewarded by the same experience as they did on the day of Pentecost? Believe me, it’s true and like me even though you are alone you’ll never be alone.