Not Alone

I’ve noticed that when we – all people – experience heartache, illness, tragedy, loss – our tendency is to feel like no one gets it. Like we’re the only ones who have experienced this. We retreat inside ourselves and, at times, nurse the hurt like we’re protecting it somehow.

What’s true is this – there is no heartache or pain or loss that hasn’t happened before. Life on planet earth is not without these things. More money can’t fix them or erase them. No drug can make them disappear. No other person has all the answers.

But there is hope – and when we come to that realization, healing and life begin. “Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?” (Romans 8:35 NLT)

I often wonder how those struck by the tragedies of war (think Ukraine currently or our own soldiers, home without limbs and terrorized by PTSD) navigate life without Jesus. As someone survives the middle of the night storm but their home is in shambles, how do they pick up the pieces?

It’s foreign to me because I’m on this side of salvation. This side of salvation has a Navigator for life, someone who is intimately involved in our broken pieces. “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.” (Romans 8:38 NLT)

There’s a great song by Zach Williams and Dolly Parton (see music video below) that summarizes the realization believers in Jesus come to: no matter what, Jesus is right here with us. We are never alone. Even when we don’t see it or can’t feel it.

In those inevitable times when life takes a turn we wish it hadn’t, there is no need to retreat, no need to nurse the hurt. There is freedom that is only found in the presence of the Lord. “No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:39 NLT)

We will never walk this earth alone – though everyone desserts us – still a constant Companion holds us close. Our testimony to this is what a hurting world needs. We can’t fix the brokenness; we might not even know how to empathize. But we can point to the God who does. Speak His Name – there is something about that Name – it moves heaven earth to capture our hearts and heal our wounds.

10 Comments on “Not Alone

  1. Yes, I have felt that type of hurt often latelym and more so since time is passing longer without my best friend and companion, Mike. I constantly am reminded by the Lord to reach out to others in various ways of service and friendship even when I rather not try. “Give and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over: will be put in your bosom. For the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” Lk. 6:38. Many use this passage for monetary or personal possessions, but it is a Kingdom principle of Divine Reciprocity in every area of our lives! Also , Gal. 6:7-9. Thanks for a word I needed in due season.

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    • Love that verse in light of this subject and so true – and praying for you that Jesus fills that lonely place with His joy and peace, comfort and love. May your days run over with His fullness.

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  2. “We can’t fix the brokenness; we might not even know how to empathize. But we can point to the God who does.” Beautiful. May we always point to the One who has all the answer, can fix the brokenness, bring healing and restoration. He is our Hope!

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