Updated: Nov 24, 2021
There is no denying that many roads of suffering are incredibly lonely ones. Yes, it is true that there is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9), and often there are more people who can relate to our suffering than we realize. Nevertheless, these roads leave us still feeling lonely.
As the struggle intensified, I found myself pulling away from those I cared about, staying home, and pushing down the stress and emotional turmoil building within me. In the confusion, fear, and uncertain future, I felt utterly alone. Yes, there were those who tried to ask questions, offer their suggestions or ways they could relate, but it always fell short of any real solace. No one could truly enter into the pain, heartache, and loneliness growing in my home and within my heart.
But do you know what I have unexpectedly found over these lonely years? A thankfulness for the lonely road I been given to travel. For with it has come a greater understanding of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ and to know him not only as my Savior, but my comfort, sustainer, hope, and strength. I believe it’s not until our worldly comforts are stripped away that we can begin to experience the true depth, length, and height of his love for us.
While I am thankful for what God is doing in me through this trial, the enemy has been hard at work to take advantage of my loneliness at every chance he gets. However, despite his attacks and lies, Christ has been using what the enemy intends for harm and is instead showing me how this path of loneliness is not outside of his perfect will and plan for me.
Let’s draw out some of the lies we are tempted to believe during times of loneliness.
I Am Alone…
The Lie: “Loneliness means I am alone.”
The Truth: “Loneliness strips away the external comfort of those around me, driving me to find comfort in Christ alone.”
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in our affliction… (2 Corinthians 1:3)