The Lonely Life
“My soul, wait silently for God alone,
For my expectation is from Him.
He only is my rock and my salvation;
He is my defense;
I shall not be moved.
In God is my salvation and my glory;
The rock of my strength,
And my refuge, is in God.” Psalm 62:5-7
Some people love to be on their own. Some people love people. Some fall somewhere in between. I’m pretty much at an extreme. I absolutely LOVE people. This definitely is a huge help in my calling as an evangelist because I LOVE talking to people – more than anything about the Lord Jesus Christ!
But on the other hand, the Lord has called me to a life of much more solitude than I would have chosen. He did not call me to a life filled with marriage, children, grandchildren, family of origin. Nor did He call me to a life filled with a huge social life and constant entertainment and fellowship shared with friends.
When I’m not out on the streets ministering to people or on the telephone or Internet sharing with people about Jesus, when I’m not wherever He sends me talking to people about Jesus and encouraging them to believe in and follow Him, much if not most of the time I’m on my own with my special needs doggies praying, seeking God, listening to Him, studying the Bible, and/or writing about Jesus and doing my ministry work.
Do I love my work? Oh my gosh, indescribably much – because of my endless ever-growing love for Jesus and for people. But what about the solitude? Oh, it’s hard! Sometimes it’s so very hard!
But if you want to know the truth, I don’t live a lonely life. I am never lonely, in fact. Restless, yes. Bored sometimes, yes. Desiring people to fellowship with at times, sure. But I am never, ever lonely. Because I have and experience the ever presence of the Lord God almighty. And He is my Lord, my King, my Savior, my redeemer, my healer, my protector, my provider, my restorer, my counselor, my comforter, my helper, my advocate, my master, my guide, my teacher, my very best friend!
Following Jesus is not about religious activities. In fact, many who are “religious” by following religious traditions may not even end up in heaven. For following Jesus is about believing in Him as Lord, entrusting our lives to God and His ways, being conformed to His image, and living a life devoted to Jesus and experiencing His fellowship day by day – and forever.
Where do you stand with Jesus, friend? Whether you have a life packed with people, or whether you’re called to more solitude as I am, may your greatest love, greatest desire, greatest friend, may your Lord, may your God, be Jesus the Christ, forevermore! AMEN!