As an introvert, I like my alone time. Sunday afternoons are spent crashing on the couch or playing computer games by myself after a people-filled weekend. If I don’t get that alone time, I get cranky and grumpy. Being able to schedule and keep alone time is critical for my health.
But what happens when you aren’t the one choosing the “alone” time? Many people struggle with feeling lonely, even when surrounded by people. Whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, we all need to be in relationship with others. It’s how God designed us. When others exclude us, it hurts. Loneliness is
I imagine Mary experienced her fair share of loneliness via exclusion. Young, unmarried, and suddenly pregnant with Jesus, I wonder how others reacted to her. Sideways glances? Hastily ended conversations as she approached? Judgmental statements that she would overhear? It’s easy to picture all of this and more happening to her on a regular basis.
In the midst of her loneliness, however, she turned to God for strength. Through her cousin Elizabeth, she found encouragement and hope in the midst of that isolation. As she was visiting Elizabeth, she praised God in the midst of her loneliness. She recognized that even now, God was good to her:
For the Mighty One is holy, and he has done great things for me. Luke 1:4 (NLT)
Where do you turn when you’re feeling alone? When it feels like everyone has abandoned you? Those feelings are real, and yet there is one that never leaves us or forsakes us (Matthew 28:20). God promised to be with you no matter what comes your way—and He’s working good in those hard times.
Maybe you’re feeling alone this Christmas season—that’s OK. Your feelings are real and true. But so is this: You are not alone. The Mighty One is with you, and like with Mary, He is doing great things for you, even if you don’t see it right now. So turn to Him and rejoice: You are not—and never will be—alone!