Loneliness is a feeling that grips us all at some point or another. It feels terrible. There’s something in our nature that longs for love – that longs for affection.
Because that’s what God designed us for. He didn’t design us to be lonely. That was never the ideal. Just look at Genesis 2.
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”
I only realized what love really is a few weeks ago. I was at a reunion with some friends I’d not seen in ages. At the reunion we all had the opportunity to share our testimonies. Almost everybody there was incredibly mature in their faith. When it was my turn to share, I realized that, in effect, I would be representing who I am in five minutes.
That was a scary thought.
After I shared my testimony, my friends gathered around me and fervently prayed for me. In the days that ensued, I felt such an outpouring of love that I was simply overwhelmed. People took the time to talk to me, included me in all their activities (even though I was one of the youngest), and told me how much my testimony meant to them. I felt like I could really be myself, because everyone already knew who I was – not on the outside, but on the inside.
I was so overwhelmed by the love I felt from all my friends. And most of them were new! I wrote this soon after the reunion:
“There is so much more to life. I feel as if I just reached a new dimension. I experienced love in a way I’ve never felt before. I can’t help but re-imagine what heaven will be like, forever in the presence of Love. Forever in the presence of God. It’s not just love, though. Sure, I’ve felt love before. I’ve had people show affection to me. I’ve had people compliment me on my work, etc. What made it really astounding was the vulnerability I had, and the ability I had to show people who I am at heart.”
During that reunion, I discovered just a little more about God’s love for us. While on earth, some people try their whole lives to be loved for who they’re not, God loves us for who we are. That’s the sweetest kind of love: vulnerable, unconditional love. God made us, and He knows us even better than we know ourselves! He knew every aspect of our being before we were born. He is sometimes the only one I can be completely honest with, sharing my deepest insecurities and fears with. He knows my hopes, ambitions, goals, and motivation. He knows ALL of me.
There is nothing to hide. There is no fear of leaving the wrong impression. God can see beyond your mask, and He loves you.
Jesus died for you. Let that sink in.