Thankful for Loneliness


My #7. Loneliness

It’s the middle of the night, your alone in bed with only the wind blowing through the limbs outside.  Darkness fills the room and your mind begins to ponder the meaning of it all, of life, your very existence.  God has created you, an individual person in a body of flesh and bone controlled by your soul.  You wonder how you even exist, how after thousands of years of other people living and dying, you came to be a living, breathing human being.  Does everyone else have all the same feelings you do, the same thoughts?  If someone else controlled your body, would they move it differently or make different decisions?  It’s truly aweing to ponder these deep thoughts and our brains are not capable of even beginning to understand any of the answers.  Scientists will always be searching for the origin of life, trying to prove exactly how it all started.  They will be conducting studies of consciousness trying to understand how your soul works.  But only God knows!  God created each and every one of us!  He formed you and me, the very cells we are made of.  He knows our souls and each fleeting thought that passes through our minds.  Most importantly, He loves us every one!  So much that He gave His son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins and we only have to accept Him.  It’s while pondering these things, that I sometimes begin to feel lonely.  Out of the billions of people living in the world at any given moment, moving here and there, little “me” is lying there in bed alone.  Or so it seems.  But during the loneliness that creeps in, I realize that I am truly never alone.  God promises that He will never leave us nor forsake us.  Even if every person on this planet deserted me, hated me or sought to kill me, God would still love me.  I think of David when he was being sought out and had to hide in the caves.  How lonely he must have been.  I couldn’t even imagine.  But we read through many of the Psalms he wrote, that though he was distressed and afflicted, God was always there with Him.  He truly lived a life where God had fulfilled that promise multiple times.  God never “left” him, He will never leave us!  So when your feeling lonely, be thankful that you have a friend that will always be with you, Jesus Christ.

 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.  Hebrews 13:5 KJV

I am also reminded that God did not design us to be alone.  He designed us to share our lives with each other, as companions.  As evidenced when He created Eve, for Adam.

 And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. Genesis 2:18 KJV

God has created us to love one another and live our lives alongside our husbands, who He has chosen for us.  I’m so very thankful that I do not have to spend my life alone.  I am a loner most always, but usually with my husband.  I love to be alone, as long as he is there.  Although I know that I can ALWAYS depend on my Lord and Saviour to be there for me, I’m thankful that He also gave me a husband that will be there for me as well.  There is nothing better in this life, than being able to share everything, the good, bad and ugly with someone who loves and understands you.  Thank you Lord for always being there for me and thank you for my wonderful husband whom I can be “lonely” with.

Join me in the #GiveThanksChallenge by visiting the Give Thanks Challenge page.  Also see my past article on being  Lonely, Longing and LOVED for yet another perspective on being thankful for loneliness.

Thankful for Inconveniences and Delays


I’m late a lot.  I mean A LOT.  It’s my own fault most of the time and I’m fully aware of that, but there are a few times that things beyond my control make me late.  It’s very frustrating when I’m finally going to be on time for something and then something beyond my control happens and I end up being late, again, for the thousandth time.  Ugh!  But who am I to complain in the first place?  Doesn’t God have control over my life?  He is, after all, the One who allowed the inconvenience to happen, and He will surely be using every situation for His own glory. I’ve written about a major inconvenience that actually became a blessing in the article “Flat Tire This Morning…Praise God!” https://amazingthingscanhappen.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/flat-tire-this-morning-praise-god/.  This is just one of many examples of how God uses our “inconveniences” to protect us, get our attention, or just to fellowship with us in some way.  How many times have you been traveling and driven by a wreck on the interstate that resulted in a fatality?  That could have just as easily been you or a family member, but you got behind a slow poke that morning.  Think of how many flights are delayed each day, or how many traffic jams there could be at any given hour.  Each one has been orchestrated by an all-knowing God.  How many people have we met simply because we were in the right place at the right time?  Remember that long-lost friend you bumped into at the grocery store?  You both happened to be there at the exact same time, possibly due to an inconvenience earlier in your day.  I’m thankful today for the many inconveniences and delays that God allows to affect my life.  I’m thankful for His protection!

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Thankful for Sadness and Tears


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This is my #5 for the #GiveThanksChallenge. I’m thankful for the ability to have felt sadness and tasted tears.  Although it is definitely not an emotion any of us look forward to, we are blessed to be able to be in situations that sometimes result in sadness.  If we have ever loved, then we have surely also been  saddened.  I love my children but it truly saddens me when they disobey me directly, especially when I know it’s something that they know better than to do.  I can only imagine how much sadness and disappointment I cause My Saviour when I fail in living His will for my life.  Tears flow from my eyes in times of loss, pain, disappointment, fear, and even sometimes from happiness and joy.  I’m thankful for the tears I’ve shed regardless of their origin.  I’m alive and able to feel pain when I stump my toe or bust my head on the cabinet door. I have people surrounding me whom I can depend on, love and cherish, and I’m fortunate that they’re here even if I am disappointed in them at times.  When I mourn the loss of a loved one, I’m grateful for having been given the chance to become part of their life.  When I’m scared, which is rather often if my husband is sneaking around outside after dark, I’m glad that I live somewhere safe so that I’m not immune to fear.  I’m so thankful for sadness and tears. I’m a natural born cryer (I just hide it well) and tears seem to be a balm for my soul.  I enjoy nothing any more than pouring my heart out to the Lord, shedding all my tears on His lap, and having Him there to comfort me.

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. Psalms 126:5 KJV