Alone in a Crowd

Have you ever felt like you were entirely alone, even in a crowd of people?  There could be a million people around you, and you still felt alone. If you are a “one” in a “plus one” society, you might have felt this way, probably more than once.

This is in no way a slam on marriage, or married couples. Married couples comprise a large part of the population. However, there are those who are married, but their spouse is not under the same roof. There are also those who have been married, but are now divorced or widowed. Then there are those who have never been married. These people are part of the “one” segment of society; and, they are often the ones who feel alone in a crowd.

It is very important for the “ones” to remember they fulfill some very important roles. The Bible gives examples of some “ones” who were faithful and fulfilled the mission that God gave them.

Anna, a prophet, was married for seven years, and then  a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple, and spent her time praying and fasting. Mary and Joseph brought the eight-day old Jesus to the temple to be circumcised. Anna was one of the first people to see the Messiah. She saw him as a baby in Mary’s arms and knew he was the Messiah! Anna understood that God can make any stage of life meaningful.  Anna, a widow, a “one”,  was among the first to see our Messiah.

Jeremiah a prophet, was called by God to deliver his message to Judah. Jeremiah was obedient and delivered the message, often to people who refused to listen. He was rejected by his family, friends, kings, and his audience. God also told him he should never marry. This “one” was obedient and faithful to God’s call on his life.

Mary, Lazarus’s sister, poured expensive perfume on Jesus, and washed his feet with her hair. The disciples were upset that she had wasted the expensive perfume. They said the perfume could have been sold at a high price. Jesus asked why they were bothering Mary.  This “one” was preparing his body for burial.

Jesus, who never married, faced several times when he must have felt alone. In the beginning of his ministry, his own brothers did not believe in him. The night before he was crucified, his disciples couldn’t stay awake long enough to pray. On the day he was crucified, he cried out from the cross “My God, My God, Why hast Thou forsaken me?”  Crowds were there to watch, but he felt alone as he died on the cross.

So, if you are going through life alone, remember that you are important to God. Some people have had to make the decision to place a spouse in a skilled facility. Others have had to say good-bye as their spouse entered into eternity. They are still around the same friends, same Sunday School class, same family, but without their spouse. This must be an incredibly difficult adjustment.

Some people face the life altering situation caused by divorce. They are now the head of the household and are responsible for all of the bills, house repairs, car repairs, and everything else that can occur on a daily basis. They have to discipline the children, only to have them go to the other parent’s house and be allowed to do as they wish.

You may be a “one” because you haven’t gotten married. Family and friends try to introduce you to someone “really nice”. There are the constant questions asking when you are going to “settle down”, as if being single means you can be settled on your own.

Regardless of how or why you are a “one”, you are never alone. Our Heavenly Father is always there for us. In Hebrews 13:5, He tells us “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” He sent his Son to die on the cross for all of us. We are all important to Him, and he wants all of us to use our spiritual gifts.

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Worry Much?

Worry is one of those emotions that can often make us feel overwhelmed. It can be one of the most difficult emotions. We are facing a problem, and worrying may be our first instinct for handling the problem.

For some of us, worry can be an everyday occurrence.  Like when you are exhausted from work and don’t feel like cooking. You really just want to zip through a “fast” food lane and go home. However, the electric bill is due soon, and you have been trying to stay within a budget and not spend any extra money. You have solved the food problem, but there is still that electric bill.

It could be you are facing some important life decisions, such as whether to change jobs, whether to buy a new house or car, whether to go back to college, or when to retire. Life decisions can certainly cause more than their share of worry.

There are times in our life when we are faced with some very difficult situations, and worrying can kick into overdrive. Maybe you or a loved one is facing a serious illness.  Maybe you have lost part, or all, of your income.  Maybe your teenager or young adult is making some choices that can lead down a dead-end path. Maybe you have some difficult decisions to make about an aging parent or spouse.

It doesn’t matter if our worries are small, or the life threatening kind that can send a cold chill down our spine. We have a Father who loves us and who wants us to trust Him with those worries.

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells us just how important we are to him and why we shouldn’t become overwhelmed with worry. Matthew 6:25-27 tells us “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is life not more than food, and the body not more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

So, in the midst of our worrying, our Heavenly Father want us to remember that He loves us and will take care of us. We can pray and leave our worries with Him.  Even the small worries, and especially the super-sized worries.


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Coming July 5, 2016!!

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I have felt the call to write a blog for quite some time. This blog is the result of much prayer and discernment over several months. Through this blog, I hope to provide an encouraging word to those facing difficult situations, or the problems of every day life. The most encouraging words I find each day come from God’s word. I plan to share His words with you. I hope you find encouragement and peace.

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