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I don’t know about you, but when I’m not feeling so good, or feeling low, emotional or alone, I just want to hide from the world and everyone in it. The last thing I want to do is run to someone for help, I prefer to be on my own, and cope with whatever I face by myself.

I know I don’t ever need to face anything on my own, as God is always with me, and will always help me. But when it comes to interacting with the world and the people in it, sometimes I just don’t want to, especially when it feels like no-one even notices when I’m not around.

At those times, that’s when I do run to God, because He’s the only one who truly knows and understand me, and how I feel. He gives me peace and hides me under His wings.

Hide Myself by Michael W Smith

I’ve heard the thunder before
I’m not a stranger to storms
Even in the flood
I can always run
To where You are

I’ve had to wait in the dark
And hold the truth in my heart
Even in the night
Still You open wide
Your faithful arms

And I hide myself
Where I find my help
And I hide myself
I find only rest
Find only peace
Beneath Your wings

You are the refuge that stands
You hold my world in Your hands
The quiet in the noise
The stillness of Your voice
Will be enough

And I hide myself
Where I find my help
And I hide myself
I find only rest
I find only peace

And I hide myself
Where I find my help
And I hide myself
I find only rest
Find only peace
Beneath Your wings

And it’s Your presence alone
That changes all that I know
‘Til all that I know
Is just Your presence alone
I’m safe in Your shadow

And I hide myself
Where I find my help
And I hide myself
I find only rest
I find only peace

And I hide myself
Where I find my help
And I hide myself
I find only rest
Find only peace
Beneath Your wings

Even in the flood
I can always run
To where You are

When life gets tough it can seem like nothing is possible. However we can often find more strength than we knew we possessed during those times, to overcome adversity.

God is with us during our happiest of times, but he’s also with us through our darkest times. Even when don’t feel God is with us, He is. And it’s Him who gives us our greatest strength to face every situation we face in life.

Always remember, it’s during those tough times, that we grow the most, because those situations give us real-life experience allowing us to grow and learn. That’s probably not how it feels when we’re going through those difficult times, but when you look back on them once you’re in a happier place, I’m sure you’ll realise then how much strength God gave you to get through those difficult days.

Just because what’s going on in your life right now doesn’t feel good, doesn’t mean God’s not working. ~ Joyce Meyer

It can be tough to believe things will get better for you when you’re in the middle of a difficult time in your life. But even during those times God is with you. Remember that God will always answer your prayers, maybe not when you want or how you want, but he will answer your prayers.

Pour out all your worries and stress upon him and leave them there, for he always tenderly cares for you ~ 1 Peter 5 (TPT)

This verse from 1 Peter reminds us that no matter what situation we find ourselves in, God cares for us.

It’s all well and good telling someone that God cares for them, but would those words alone make someone believe God cares for them? I suspect not. However that doesn’t stop God caring for everyone.

Maybe when we’re going through those tough times, we don’t recognise God’s presence with us, but I’m sure that later, when we look back on that time, we’ll realise God was there for us, and got us through those tough days.

So don’t try and cope with all your worries and concerns on your own, take them to God and let Him take them from you.

When you feel alone you can feel isolated which can be frightening. But even we really have nothing to fear, because God has promised to be there for us and strengthen us at all times. All we need to do is trust Him.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ~ Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

 

Whenever you feel alone or rejected, remember these words

For the sake of his great name the Lord will not reject his people, because the Lord was pleased to make you his own. ~ 1 Samuel 12:22 (NIV)

Others may never forgive us if we turn our back on them or do something to hurt or upset them, but God is different – God made each one of us, and so he will never turn his back on us, even if we have turned our back on him.

Everyone struggles with loneliness at some point. Whether you are going through something hard that you don’t think anyone else understands or you are facing a change in life where you just feel alone, God’s Word provides hope and strength. There is someone who is closer than a brother and is always with You – Jesus Christ is our friend and comforter!

This is backed up by what we’re told in the bible. In Deuteronomy 31:6 we read:

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

Words of comfort, words to reassure us of God’s presence, even when we feel everyone has deserted us.

Have a look around you. Look at the people you see. How many are on their phones, not necessarily talking to anyone, but simply on some social media site ‘chatting’ with friends or family?

Next time you’re outside, do the same, look around and see what many around are doing. Again I suspect you’ll find the majority are probably using their mobile phone.

We’re probably all guilty of being ‘on’ our phones far more these days than we should be, so I’m sure we all make sure we never get into a situation where we get the dreaded ‘low battery’ message.

But consider this

We try to do so much these days, running around from one thing to another, keeping going because we don’t want to let anyone down. We put on a ‘public face’ so others won’t see how much we’re struggling with life, even when we’re exhausted and find we’ve no energy to carry on with life.

We’re guilty of taking better care of our phones than we do ourselves sometimes, aren’t we? So please stop, have a think about what percentage you’d say your own personal battery would register at. If you’d say your battery would say ‘low battery’, it’s time for you to take a time out from life, and look after yourself, your health and your well-being, because you need a break.

When we shout, people hear.

When people hear you shout, do they understand why you are shouting? Do you they respond to your shouts, or do they turn away and pretend they haven’t heard you?

As I’ve said in earlier posts this week, being in a crowd when you feel alone, can be one of the loneliest places in the world – No matter how loud you shout, no-one hears you; No matter how friendly everyone seems, you feel isolated and alone.

When you hear someone cry for help, no matter how loud or how quiet, listen and act as someone needs you. Someone needs you to be the true friend they are desperately in need of.

Have you every felt completely alone? If you have you will probably be able to relate to the this

If you’ve never felt lonely, you probably do not understand how anyone can possibly feel even lonelier when other people engage in conversation with them. Just because someone talks to you, it doesn’t mean they have realised how lonely you feel, or that to you, their words seem empty because all you really need is a friend, someone who sees your struggle and just holds you to help reassure you that all will be ok.