“Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted” (Psalm 25:16).
Being ill often brings loneliness with it. It’s simply par for the course! However, it’s not easy.
While many of you are managing snow and ice of winter, we’re currently in the hottest summer we’ve had on record in South Australia. My family had gone to our church friend’s pool just down the road. It takes way too much energy for me to go, so I sat outside on my recliner in the shade.
Somehow the loneliness felt deeper.
Looking around my garden I began chatting to God. Well, actually it was more like whining!
“Lord, I’m lonely today. I’d really like someone to come and visit me. I need someone to talk to.”
“You’re not alone. I’m here!”
“I know, Lord, but You know what I mean.”
“Are you saying I’m not enough?”
“You are . . . but I really would like God with flesh on!”
Silence. . .
Some movement in the garden caught my eye. A tiny honey eater flew near me to collect nectar from the agapanthus flowers.
“Very funny, Lord! Thank You!”
I laughed out loud at God’s sense of humor and His deep love for me. He graciously sent what I’d asked for!
Delight filled my heart, as I watched this honey eater flying around from flower to flower for about fifteen minutes. God was with me, watching over me, and loving me.
I wasn’t lonely any more. His tangible love was God with flesh on, through this little honey eater.
How our Heavenly Father loves to delight us with His presence.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your tangible love for me. Help me to listen to You more and watch for Your surprising answers. Amen.
About the Author:
Kerryn Wright lives with her family amongst the gum trees in South Australia. She was a special education teacher prior to chronic illnesses. Her husband is carer for three of their family, who have chronic illnesses and disabilities. God has always guided them through life’s challenges, often in surprising ways.
When you’re lonely how does God fill that void?
O how we need God! I am so glad we have a God who desires intimacy with us, His creation, aren’t you? When we call in Him, He always answers. It may not be how we expect and we may not even feel His presence some days, but I believe He is there, I hope this song, “Be Thou Near To Me” with Selah gives you words to express your desire for God’s comforting presence. -Lisa