“To trust God in the light is nothing, but trust him in the dark – that is faith.” – C.H. Spurgeon
When I was younger, I used to hate being alone. I was either with my friends playing music, going to a movie, involved in activities in my church youth group, playing sports in high school, or living virtually through a Playstation. Being alone gave me too much time to think about all of my doubts, my fears, and the dreams that haunted me. I didn’t want to face those as a teenager. I just wanted to follow Jesus, play sports, and be the next Bono.
Funny how God always wrecks our ideas of what we need. I often found myself alone when friends would find something better to do, such as go to a party where they could let out their inner idiot through a bottle. I could often be found at the movies by myself, at the local YMCA shooting hoops, or in my room playing guitar. Strangely enough, I met God in those lonely times. There are nights I still remember, sitting on top of my parked car in the middle of the night on the side of a country road, staring at the darkened sky and praying about…everything. Loneliness brought me to a realm I had never known: intimacy with God. To this day, I crave my “alone time”, knowing that I need that peace and quiet to remember what’s most important in life.
We are so scared to be alone that we often miss God in the midst of our desperate clamor, opting to settle for fake friends and noisy distractions.
Loneliness forces us to face ourselves – the real self, not the fake one we parade in public.
Loneliness demands that we examine who we are and who we are becoming.
Loneliness reminds us that there must be something greater than ourselves.
Finding God in the midst of loneliness is rarely manifested through verbal communication and a physical conversation over a cup of coffee. God doesn’t work that way too often (if ever). Humanity has believed a lie that this material realm is all that there is and nothing more. However, our hearts tell us otherwise. In academia, it’s easy to dismiss the spiritual. In loneliness and heartache, the spiritual demands to be known. When we accept that we are spiritual, not merely material, we can then accept that God will meet us in that place where we see through our mind’s eye.
What if God isolates us in seasons of our lives to get us away from distractions? What if loneliness is the reminder that our souls can only be filled by the presence of God, not the company of other human beings?
If you’re going through a season of loneliness, have you considered that this may be God’s invitation to know Him?
We are never truly alone. God is in the midst of the darkness and the light. We cannot run from Him. That is good news, not bad.
If you’re going through a season of loneliness, take this as an invitation to seek the heart of Jesus. As you step out in faith, you will realize that you’ve never truly been alone.