Itâ€™s three oâ€™clock in the morning and you are not asleep. Even though there may be someone in the next room or on the same floor as you, it seems the nearest human being is as good as a mile away. Somehow theyâ€™re in a state of peaceful oblivionâ€”and you? You only know that the silence of the world around you merely amplifies the thoughts swirling in your head; the darkness outside your window has its resonance in the aching emptiness you feel in your heart.
There are different reasons for the loneliness we sometimes feel. Perhaps youâ€™ve lost something or someone of significance in your life. Or youâ€™ve encountered a problem that you donâ€™t have the resources to solve. It may be when you find that the status quo doesnâ€™t satisfy you anymore, and you are still looking for happiness and fulfillment.
Loneliness is not just the result of solitude. Rather the stab of loneliness occurs when the thoughts, frets, the grief or other sentiments inside you can find no correlation in those outside of you. Its irony pierces you when friends or even loved ones are near or available, but to no avail. Sometimes it is because you feel helpless to communicate your inner condition to them, or because it seems they cannot comprehend. Sometimes it is because you feel they are powerless to help or change your situation anyway.
At 3 a.m., when everything around you is still and inert, it seems all you possess is the consciousness of your existenceâ€”the blinking of your eyes, the beating of your heartâ€”as you face a scary void. But do you realize that the tether of your life is held by someone greater than you? Someone who knew you even before you were born (Ps 139:13)? Someone who knows the very number of hairs on your head (Mt 10:30)? He knows your thoughts before you open your mouth. He alone has the power to help you overcome any difficulty you face.
On the other side of the void stands the Father, God, who waits to embrace you. Standing in the way is our ignorance of Him and His ways. To mend this breach, He came in person to this world to take up the human weaknesses we carry, and to show us His way. Jesus Christ said, â€œHe who sees Me sees Him who sent Meâ€ (Jn 12:45). And then the Lord said,
I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. (Jn 12:46)
Today, if you are willing to come before Jesus, acknowledging your limitations, you can eliminate the void in your life. You will find in Him a true companion, one who both intimately knows you and the sufferings you bear. If you reach out and place your faith in Him, you will find a strong hand whose support will never waver in any circumstance. His Presence will go with you as a light in the night, and He will give you rest (Ex 33:14).
Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
If I say, "Surely the darkness shall fall on me,"
Even the night shall be light about me;
Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day. â€”Psalm 139:10-12
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