Lonely in a Crowd

 

“Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from Him. Truly He is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken. (…) Truly He is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; He is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge.” Psalm 64:1-3, 6-8

Early in my marriage to Rick he gave me a 3×5 card with “I can be happy with one and lonely in a crowd.” I hung it on the wall above my side of the bed. He meant it to be romantic and sweet; it is and I smile when I read it. But, it can also be very true of my relationship with the Lord.

When I contracted Lyme’s disease, I worked in a busy customer service department. It was noisy from the moment I walked in and still noisy when I left for the day. There was little time to quietly ponder anything and, if I found some, not a second would go by before I’d see my contrary supervisor waiting with a new emergency. Today I spend hour after hour in an empty house while Rick is working and Mathieu is in school. Always much to do but rarely the energy or strength to do it but the Lord and I spend a lot of time in conversation. Sometimes, though, like today, I will steer clear of time with God and end up in the middle of a huge pity party! I hate those and I hate the one who extends the invitation… I need to learn to RSVP every morning; “NO WAY devil; I am running to the ROCK party!” No need for the world to surround me ~ no need for noisy companions ~ I CAN BE HAPPY WITH ONE!

Where do I go; When there’s no one else to turn to?

Who do I talk to? When no one wants to listen?

Who do I lean on? When there is no foundation stable…

I go to the Rock; I know He’s able, I go to the Rock!

 

Unless noted, scripture is NIV ©1984 Int’l Bible Society

Hugs +/or ChIPS ©3/05 Eleanor J. Gale-Boone

Ministry website: www.asistershugs.org

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