Posts Tagged With: Loneliness

He Really Sees Us

A few weeks ago I took my first ever Big Girl Trip. I flew by myself (major accomplishment for me) to meet my friends in Ohio. In order to get there, Delta gave me a “free” four hour stay in Atlanta, GA! Can you believe they do that? I only needed to go to Ohio, but they gifted me a trip to Georgia as well. (insert sarcasm) I didn’t get to see much of the state, but I did visit this city called, Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The city is totally indoors and has all kinds of shops and restaurants…and it even has a TRAIN!

While I was there, I spent a lot of time people watching. Have you ever done that? It is one of my favorite things to do. I love to study people. When a group walks by, I try to see if they resemble each other…are they family? Do they share the same eyes? Do they walk alike, talk alike, and have the same mannerisms?

Style (or lack thereof) watching is also a good time. I had some pretty interesting conversations in my head. “Wow. That is a beautiful older woman. She looks so classy.” “No. Just no. Those jeans were made for ladies not the boys.” (shakes head) “Leopard print and zebra stripes?” “How does she walk in those shoes? Not very well. Nope.”

Sometimes I focused on individuals more closely—really look at their faces.

There is the young mom rocking her crying baby. Her hair is falling out of her ponytail and her eyes are tired.

Over there is a man jogging down the hall with this bag rolling behind him. His eyes look anxious, or perhaps panicked, as he obviously tries to catch his next flight before it leaves him behind.

Standing at the counter of the coffee shop is a girl who is trying to keep her composure as a customer yells at her over coffee that, “tastes too weak”.

I was in a sea of people from all around the world. At first it looked a bit chaotic. People everywhere, going every direction. But, as I focused on groups of people and then individual people, it all became more personal.

I could see them, one by one, each person had a story.

In Mark chapter 10, we are told the story of a rich young man that came to Jesus. Jesus had been spending much of his time teaching masses of people. He and His disciples were setting out on a journey and this young man came to Him and knelt before Him. The young man wanted to know how to inherit eternal life. He told Jesus that he had kept all the commandments since his youth.

In other words, he was a good person.

I have heard this story told over and over since I was a little girl. But this week, as I read it again, verse 21 struck me. Mark 10:21 ESV “And Jesus, looking at him, loved him.” Look how the Word takes the time to say that Jesus looked at him. He saw him and He loved him. And, then with compassion, Jesus told him what he needed to do to inherit eternity…he had to give up the one thing he held dearest, wealth.

Planet earth is filled with millions of people. If we were in Heaven looking down, we would probably just see something that resembled ants on an ant hill, busily going back and forth. But, our Lord sees us, each one, individually. He really sees us, knows us–loves us.

How absolutely amazing is that?

Do you ever feel lost and alone? Do you feel that no one knows you, no one understands you? Jesus SEES you. He knows your good, your bad and your ugly. And, He still loves you. Will He ever correct you? Yes, but with love and compassion. You can trust Him.

And Jesus, looking at him, loved him. (Mark 10:21)

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We All Need Someone

1 Samuel 18:1-3 ESV 1 As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. 2 And Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his father’s house. 3 Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul.

God is so good. Say that with me, “God is SO GOOD”!

How many of you know that God loves you more than you could possibly imagine? He does! He cares about every part of your life, from the major events to the smallest concerns. Isn’t that an incredible thought?

I had a conversation with one of my sister-friends this morning. And, she reminded me (unintentionally) of the goodness and importance of friends.

You know, sometimes we just don’t have what we need naturally. What I mean is, perhaps our family doesn’t provide that emotional nourishment we need.

2013 was my Year of Relationships. God saw my need…my desire…for people that I could invest in AND who would invest in me.

This scripture talks about David and Jonathan. Notice how they were instantly bonded. This wasn’t a friendship that had been in the works for years. They met and souls united.

Friends are one of the sweetest blessings God created for us. I have several friends who I instantly knew I could trust and pour myself into. Some of them I haven’t even seen in person! But, we have kindred spirits and I consider them part of my family…some even closer than family.

Are you feeling lonely?

Pray and ask your Father to bring a special friend into your life. (Remember, it does take some work on your part.) Be willing to trust. Be willing to care. Be willing to share.

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Do You See the Faces of Loneliness

There is a thirteen year old girl in a new town starting a new school. She doesn’t fit in. No one puts forth the effort to get to know her. The teachers don’t even try to help her acclimate into the population. She receives ugly notes in her locker. Her parents keep telling her it will get better.

A teenager left with a broken heart after her boyfriend leaves her for another girl and spreads ugly rumors about her. Soon people start to ask her if they are true and regardless of her answer, the rumors continue to grow. The adults in her life don’t seem to understand the pain she is suffering.

A 15-year-old boy’s father leaves his mother for another woman and then his mother walks away from the Lord. He is confused and hurt, and yet won’t share his feelings because he thinks he is supposed to be a “man”.

Another boy’s parents are still married but they fight constantly and he feels invisible.

A newlywed married her long time boyfriend only to find out that his friends and his parties are more important than her.

There is a young woman, married for three years, whose husband is always busy with something and doesn’t seem to “see” her. She feels lonelier at home with him than she does when he is gone.

The mommy who is home with her young children taking care of them all day. She gives and she gives until she feels there is nothing left of “her”.

The husband whose wife walked out one day and never looked back, deserting him and their children.

A college student away from home, struggling to be moral in an immoral environment. She is teased and ridiculed for her faith. It often feels like there is no one standing with her.

An illness has suddenly hit the mother of a family of five. The fear of the unknown is a reality for them every day.

A parent has passed away who was the foundation of a family. Their faith has been shaken.

So many faces. So many lives. So many hurting hearts.

Everyone has a story. God knows each one. How  many people have I walked by today that are lonely, hurting, broken or scared? Who could I have simply smiled at and perhaps given a little hope to? Who needed me to say, “How are you today?” and then listen to their answer? I’ve really been troubled by this. SO many hurts. How do I, one person, make a difference?

Something I am dealing with in my own heart…I’ll keep searching for the answer and hope that I can help those who are in need, with God’s help.

Psalm 25:16 (AMP)[Lord] turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.

1 Peter 5:6-7( AMP)Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you,Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.

Psalm 111:4 (AMP)He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; the Lord is gracious, merciful, and full of loving compassion.

Psalm 112:4 (AMP)Light arises in the darkness for the upright, gracious, compassionate, and just [who are in right standing with God].

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