Thursday, April 11, 2013

Not Alone

Do you ever feel alone? Do you ever feel just really low? I think everyone has those days, and sometimes even periods of life where everything just isn't okay.  I used to wonder if I was the only one, but thanks to tumblr, I have discovered that hundreds of thousands of other people my age experience the same feelings. This picture is one of my favorites that I've come across.  Look at it. This girl is in a huge city, with millions of other people, but she still feels alone. The day I came across this, I just stared at it for a long time.  I have been feeling this a lot the past year at school.  Yes there are thousands of students on campus, two hundred girls in my sorority, and yet I feel so lonely. I attribute it to being in the wrong place in my life, and at the wrong school. I've never been great at fitting in, either. Thankfully, in 21 days, I'll be moving home to my wonderful family and puppies! But I know that there are people out there who can't even find refuge at home with their families. So where do you turn? What do you do when there seems like there is nothing else to do but stare at the wall, cry, and wish everything was different?

Well this is for you. And anyone who ever feels like that. Maybe you have a broken heart, maybe your regrets are holding on to you like chains, maybe you don't feel good about yourself-your appearance or accomplishments. It's easy to feel negatively about multiple things once you let just one thing get you down.

Maybe you don't believe in God, or maybe you do, but you don't really ever read the Bible or pray.  I want to tell you something though-my faith in Jesus Christ holds me together like glue. I can't tell you how many times with tears in my eyes I open up my Bible or read verses on the internet. Sometimes I have to remind myself that I am important, I am loved, and I am NEVER alone.  It brings me such peace and eases the pain so much.

Cynics like to say that Christianity is a crutch for the weak-those who need some security blanket to make it through life.  Those people have obviously never felt the comfort of God. Oftentimes we get so proud and haughty, as if we are too good to lean on anyone.  The world is harsh.  Life is hard.  People can be so mean.  The media can be so degrading to real bodies, real finances, and real relationships.  You can try to rough the journey alone.  But you don't have to!  God's love is so real; you can feel it.  God's presence is so evident; you can't deny it.  God's peace is the ultimate comfort; nothing compares to it.  All you have to do is ask.  Talk to God. Bring your hurting heart to Him.  God cares so much for the hurting! If you let Him in, such a weight will be lifted from your shoulders-you will think, "how could anyone ever deny this??"

If you don't know who David was, you should check out his story. He killed the evil Goliath with a slingshot while everyone laughed at him-so he was a pretty spunky kid.  As he grew up he became a powerful king, and he did a lot of sinning.  Crazy sinning!! Like spying on a lady taking a bath, getting her prego, and having her husband killed. Yeah, so don't ever think you aren't good enough to be a Christian...because c'mon there were some people's stories in the Bible that will make you feel like a saint! But God wanted us to know about these people to show how He loves us anyways and always forgives and is always there for us. Let me get to the point....

David was once praying to God and this is what he said: "In the path where I walk people have hidden a snare [trap] for me. Look and see, there is no one at my right hand; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life." 
Ever felt like that? Yeah well even one of the mightiest Kings once felt that way, too. He was never to proud to ask God for help, though.
He goes on to say: "I cry to you, Lord, I say, “You are my refuge...” Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me. Set me free from my prison,  that I may praise your name." Psalm 142: 3-7

Sometimes it feels like everyone has it out for you, or that no one cares about you. Maybe you don't need to be rescued from people, but other things that are heavy on your heart-low self esteem? stress? guilt? Loneliness? These things can make life feel like a prison sometimes!!

Check these out (this doesn't even put a dent in how many times in the Bible God tells us He loves us and never leaves us):

Isaiah 41:10 "Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady..."

Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.”

1 Peter 5:7 "Give all your worries to Him because He cares for you."

Psalm 9:10 "God’s a safe-house for the battered,  a sanctuary during bad times. The moment you arrive, you relax; you’re never sorry you knocked."

Psalm 147:3 “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” 

God loves you so much.  You are precious and wonderful to Him.  He's got a plan for you, and can make life not just worth living, but amazing! Give Him a chance, you won't regret it!

And finally, I leave you with this lyric video to "By Your Side" by tenthavenuenorth. The chorus is such a great thing to remember! 

Happy Thursday! I love you!

1 comment:

  1. It's funny that I stumbled on your old YouTube channel (I watched it years ago, haven't checked it out in recent years). Then stumbled on your blog. Then clicked through a ton of older posts and found this.

    I understand feeling like this. Maybe it is an age thing or just the human condition. I've been so lonely lately to the point of tears and thought it must be just me and that I must be melodramatic or something. Glad it's not (well, sort of... not that I want anyone else lonely). It's nice to remember that everyone feels alone at some point.