Loneliness is proof that your innate search for connection is intact. (Martha Beck)
We all search for connection - some of us just don't want to admit it. We want to relate to others, but the effort takes us by surprise, and we just don't want to go that far at times. We settle for being lonely, walking without companionship or support. I have to ask - how well are you doing with that? God knows we will face fears along the way, and those fears will seem to be a little too daunting at times, but he never expected we'd face them alone.
So don’t worry, because I am with you. Don’t be afraid, because I am your God. I will make you strong and will help you; I will support you with my right hand that saves you. (Isaiah 41:10-11)
If you are 'with' me, I usually know you are there, even when you aren't immediately by my side. You could be at your own home, and I would still know there is a connection we have made acting as a support to me as I go through whatever it is I am facing. How is that? We have 'connected' and that connection is not broken by time or space. If we have made this connection with God, it is not broken by time or space, either. In fact, he never leaves us - he is there even when we don't realize he is.
Being 'alone' is not the same as being 'lonely'. Many live alone yet are very well connected with others - but no connection is as significant as the one we make with Jesus each day. We may have tons of people around us and be the loneliest of individuals. People are important, but the connection we make with Jesus is THE MOST important one we can make. If you are feeling a little lonely at times, one of the best antidotes is to take some time to be alone with Jesus. Then, as he leads, venture out to see others. Him first, others second. Just sayin!