It’s easy to feel like we are all alone.
Even though we may have many friends and acquaintances… most of us don’t really have that many people we really feel connected to. You know… the kind of people we feel comfortable with, the kind of people who can hear our troubles and make us feel better, the ‘go to’ people in our lives that we count on to be there.
The next time we see these people we should thank them, give them a hug, and let them know how much they mean to us… because they are the rare few.
Life can be hard and we all need to be able to fall back on someone we can trust. The harsh reality is that sometimes there is NO ONE… not even our few ‘go to’ people. Sometimes the secrets are so dark… sometimes the pain is so deep… that we can’t trust anyone… and we suffer alone.
For 2000 years, the Christian faith (and for centuries earlier the Jewish forebearers) has pointed to God as the ultimate ‘go to’ person. God has pledged to be there to connect with us, listen to our troubles and make us feel better… and for us to trust when all other trusts have failed.
In the New Testament book ‘Hebrews’, the author is trying to make just this very point. As we struggle through the trials and tribulations of life and are, hopefully, seeking after God’s purpose for our lives, God has pledged these words (13:5):
I will never leave you or forsake you
If we haven’t taken God up on this offer… maybe it’s time we did.