Are you putting yourself in isolation, even though it is a healthy choice to have friends? Is it time to reach out again, Karlton shares.
“When Job’s three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite, heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him.” (Job 2:11)
Prisoners have gone on hunger strikes because they were placed in solitary confinement. The philosopher Aristotle said: “Man is by nature a social animal. . . ” We were made to interact with each other, to socialize with one another, but for many, illness can force us into isolation.
Suffering is terrible for anyone to endure, but for the person suffering alone, that has its own kind of torment. To find comfort, encouragement, or merely a sympathetic ear can be priceless for someone in the midst of affliction. About the only thing worse than suffering is suffering alone.
Yet many people with disease and disability find themselves alone in their suffering. Their mate leaves, friends are absent, family fades away, and the sufferer finds themselves alone in pain and misery. To be abandoned in our time of need creates an additional burden and misery on top of our illness.
We need others, and we need the comforting Spirit of Jesus to help us through pain and suffering. You may not feel like reaching out to others in your illness, but it is incredibly important to stay connected with others and not remain isolated in your affliction.
Sickness is a burden too difficult to bear alone, we need our Lord, and we need fellow Christians to stand with us in our times of affliction. And we need to be aware of others who are ill and need our concern and an encouraging word from us as well.
Prayer: Dear Lord, illness brings challenges and hardship into our lives, please help us not to carry these burdens alone. Amen.
About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. He has been blessed to receive comfort and encouragement from friends and family in his time of affliction.
Do you find yourself alone with your illness? Have you reached out to others for help and encouragement?
This song is “You Don’t Have to Bear Your Burdens Alone” by Jessica King. It has a country feel to it and lyrics that I think you will like. -Lisa