Loneliness is defined as a sadness caused by the lack of company or friends. But have you ever felt lonely in the company of many? I guess I have always thought of loneliness as a kind of disconnect more than an absence of others. I think I have felt lonely in a congregation of many. Or is there a different name for that kind of lonely? I have felt lonely when those around me don't understand or share my passion for the things of God, but I wonder, does God get lonely? He who sees all, knows all. Knew that every single one would abandon Him. Was He lonely when each looked around the table saying, "Surely, it is not I Lord." And He knew who it would be but that each would be guilty of turning away. But in love He saw past all of it onto the new dawn. Is God lonely, when we choose the lesser things to satisfy our longings, instead of Him? When we gorge ourselves with idols, like children with candy, stuffing forbidden sweets into our emptiness, believing we will be satisfied. But more is never enough to fill that desire. Is He lonely when He knows that He is the satisfaction we long for yet we settle for so much less? I don't know the answer but I know He will satisfy you and I the minute we turn from that which is temporal, look up, and cry out "Abba!" He will never leave us lonely.
Oh my! How did Friday happen so quick? Well it is that time where we write for 5 and share, visit and enjoy...you never know where that 5 minutes of writing will lead. It's a beautiful freedom and gift. Try it? Or join in! I will pop by and visit you back instead of commenting here, OK?
Happy last day of Shark Week!