A loud cry of distress came from the bedroom where our daughter had just put her twin sons, aged three, to bed. They were staying with us for the weekend and the boys were pretty worn out from playing outside.
She opened the door, quietly entered the bedroom and realized that, in spite of some significantly loud crying, one twin was already asleep.
“What is wrong?” she asked between his sobs.
“I’m all alone!” he wailed.
“No, you are not. Amos is right here in bed with you,” his mom replied.
“He’s all alone, too!” came the answer.
Needless to say, we laughed about this situation and the irony of the little guy feeling alone with his brother next to him in the same bed.
Yet aren’t we guilty of the same response at times? We may be facing a difficult time in our marriage, with our children, or in the congregation where we fellowship. People are all around us, even in the same room, yet we feel all alone.
Mothers of new babies often feel this sense of isolation. This can be especially true if the new mom is staying home with the baby after having a job where there was social interaction on a daily basis.
I remember moving to Kentucky so that Phil could start seminary when our first child was just 3 months old. I was alone in a new community where I didn’t know anyone – with a baby who didn’t communicate verbally. Three months earlier I had been teaching kindergarten with 23 students who loved me and often told me so.
Now I was all alone
…with a baby.
I remember thinking about the best time to go to the laundrymat. When would I have the greatest chance to meet other moms of young children?
I was so lonely.
I wasn’t alone, though. My Heavenly Father was with me. I was so focused on my feelings of isolation that I did not recognize His presence. Just as Tyler did not feel the comfort of his brother’s presence, I did not sense that God was right with me in that new location.
Psalm 16:10-11 (NIV)
10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
11 You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
God’s promise to us in Psalm 16 is that God will not abandon us – leave us alone. Verse 11 assures us that in God’s presense is FULLNESS of JOY!
When I feel alone, isolated, or think that I am “the only one who….” I must recognize that God is with me – I am NOT alone.
Our challenge as daughters of our Heavenly Father is to recognize God’s presence even when we don’t feel it. When we open ourselves to sensing that God is with us every moment of every day – that will become our reality.
God has not moved.
He is still on the throne.
He will never leave us all alone.