Feeling alone is one of my least favorite feelings in the world. I don’t go to the movies by myself, I don’t go to concerts by myself, and I don’t go to sporting events by myself. I don’t even like eating by myself. I just don’t like being alone. I have a brother who has always liked doing those things by himself and I have never completely understood him.
I don’t have monophobia, but I think I might be close. That’s why those days that I feel alone as a parent are particularly difficult for me because me feeling alone quickly becomes me feeling isolated. And living in isolation is not a good thing especially if you are living in a state of felt isolation.
That place of isolation is dangerous because it is self-fulfilling; the more isolated you feel, the more isolated you will become. You start to withdraw and start to interact less and less. Feeling isolated causes us to believe that nobody understands us and that no one hears us when we cry out for help. So we do the only thing we think we can, we stop crying out for help.
David reminds us that the Lord listens to our voice when we cry out for help. He hears us when we call out to him. We are never alone because the Lord God Almighty hears us. We are told to bring our requests to him and to wait expectantly. So cry out to him before your feet hit the floor in the morning. Ask him for his guidance and strength. Remember that you are not alone.
Dear Lord, there are days that I feel alone and that no one understands what I need. There are days that I feel like I am not good enough as a spouse and a parent. Help me remember that I am not alone. I know that you hear me when I call you. Lord, hear my prayer.
In Jesus name, Amen
“Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord” – Psalm 5:3 (NLT)
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