I was young, I accompanied my parents to the supermarket. As we walked down the
aisles, I immediately became captivated by the rows of candy. A few minutes
later, I finally looked up only to discover that my parents had disappeared. After
my initial shock of being lost, a more daunting realization washed over me: I
was completely alone because I no longer had my parents to rely on.
is a universal experience. While loneliness can be the state of physical isolation,
it can also be much more. More often than not, loneliness is an isolation of
the heart, a deep-seated feeling of emptiness and having no one to care for us.
Let us think
and reflect: why do we experience loneliness? To me, loneliness is our heart’s
cry for God, a heart that longs for His presence. It encourages us to honestly
evaluate our relationship with God. Are we close to Him or further than we
I neglect cultivating my relationship with God, loneliness begins to settle in
my heart. But it is in these moments that I am able to recognize my deep need
for God, just as David remembered God in his distress:
“But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord
thinks upon me. You are my help and my deliverer; Do
not delay, O my God.” (Ps 40:17)
realizing that I was alone in the supermarket, I immediately forsook my
interest in the candy and frantically searched for my parents until I found
them. In the same way, loneliness compels us to put aside the distractions that
keep us from grasping onto God and to seek Him diligently. We must pursue God
steadfastly and not cease until we find Him.
loneliness is a struggle. On one hand, the voice of the devil tells us to find
solace in the world. On the other hand, we may need to go through quiet hours
of solitude in order to clearly hear the loving whispers of God calling us to
return. Though it is not easy to overcome, loneliness is an opportunity to fill
our empty hearts with God – for He alone can fill us with peace, love, and
1. In our current relationship with God, how close are we to Him?
2. In what ways can we seek and grasp onto God in our daily lives?