Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. – 1 Corinthians 12:12-14
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” – Deuteronomy 31:8
The loneliest feeling I have ever had was my first night in boot camp. Laying there, far away from everything that was familiar to me. Far from home and family, knowing that everything was going to be different from this point on. And as I lay there, in the dark, taps began to play. The solo of a faraway bugle, playing that sorrowful tune, the loneliness was palpable.
I was feeling alone, but the reality was that I was there with about fifty other guys, all feeling the same thing I was. We all were experiencing the loss of home (even though it may be temporary), separation of family and unease of what was to come the next morning. We were all feeling the same things, yet we were all feeling alone. Our Christ walk can be very similar if we focus on ourselves.
We can feel as if we are the only ones dealing with life. We can feel separated from peace. We can feel all of these things, if we don’t engage in fellowship with other believers. Let’s face it, down deep we know that others have lives that are not without stress. We are all dealing with similar stressors. When we engage in fellowship, as we share our heart, we find that we are indeed not alone.
Jesus called his apostles together on many occasions to explain that they were an extension of His message. He called them to proclaim the Gospel, but He didn’t do it in a vacuum. He consistently let them know that they were, and we are, part of His body. We shouldn’t feel alone, because we aren’t alone. When we feel the loneliness, it is a deception from Satan. The Truth is that we aren’t alone and were never intended to be so.
If I had just reached out to others on that night, I would have found that they were feeling the same way I was. I know this because later, we shared that we were all feeling the same way on that first night. When we become vulnerable and open up to each other, we quickly see that we have more unity than we can imagine. Bills too much? We are not alone. Relationship disharmony? We are not alone. Fear of the unknown? We are not alone.
If you are seeing a pattern here, it’s because the truth is…we are not alone. Loneliness is a feeling, Togetherness is a truth. Embrace the truth and negate the feeling. Then we are truly engaged in the relationship with each other, and our God.