Lonely. I hate that word. Such a sad word for sad people. But sometimes, as much as I’d like to deny it, I feel lonely.
My husband and sons fill my life, and I love that God chose me for them and them for me. Yet still, deep inside, my heart longs for a friend. Someone in the same stage of life with the same struggles, outlooks, interests. It’s not too much to ask for, right? Just one close friend?
God had a lot to say about friendship, so my heart asks, “Why not, God? Why not a close friend for me?”. I’ve read often that if friendship seems to elude you, then God is seeking to draw you close to Him. Maybe. Maybe. But still, isn’t there just something normal and natural about being human and having another human to relate to?
In these moments of loneliness, I think about my boys. I think about how sad I would feel if one of my boys came to me and said he was lonely and didn’t have any friends. My heart would break, and I would feel such compassion and love for him. I would want to make it right and take away his hurt.
God feels that for me. He responds like a parent because He is one. He longs to take our burdens (1 Peter 5:7), to draw close to us (James 4:8), to take care of us (Matthew 6:28-30). He responds like a good parent, because that’s exactly what He is. A perfect Father.
Sometimes in the midst of a struggle, be it loneliness or worry or fear, the only thing we can do is rest in God. When being proactive and fighting just isn’t in you, just rest. Rest, knowing that God sees you (Genesis 16:13). Rest, knowing that God wants what is best for you (which is ultimately for His glory) (Romans 8:28). Rest, knowing that tomorrow is a new day and God is compassionate toward us (Lamentations 2:22-23).
That desire for friendship will still be there. A night out at the movies with a close friend will still sound wonderful. But your heart will be comforted knowing that you are loved, cared for, protected by the Almighty One who sees you.Leave a Comment