For thou didst form my inward parts, thou didst knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise thee, for thou art fearful and wonderful. Wonderful are thy works! Thou knowest me right well; my frame was not hidden from thee, when I was being made in secret, intricately wrought in the depths of the earth. Thy eyes beheld my unformed substance; in thy book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
Thought for the Day: Enjoy your alone time with God
“Are you lonely here?” was a question asked of me recently. As that question was asked, I responded in silence at first. After a few seconds I replied, “Maybe, but I like being alone.” “Alone” is a word that many people are scared and frightened of, but to me “alone” is a word that takes me to a wonderful place. As I grew up in a home with handicapped brothers, I often felt alone. I didn’t realize it then, thank goodness, but later I found out that one of my friends would not come to spend the night with me because the time she did, she heard my brothers calling for my mother during the night to turn them in the beds or to take care of other needs. I was “alone” and that became a “normal” for me. In my “alone” time, I found myself playing the piano as I sang my favorite songs. I found myself in my room talking to myself (weird, I know) and figuring out the “world”. I found myself driving around our town imagining what it must be like to be in the popular group. I spent my time “alone”. Looking back now, I can see that during that time I was “alone” with God and He was taking care of me. As I played piano and sang, I was singing Christian songs that spoke directly to my heart. As I talked to myself, I was talking to God and He was listening. As I drove around that small town, I was learning about myself and about His plan for me.
In sharing this with my husband this morning, I almost felt guilty in saying, “I like being alone”. That statement almost felt selfish. But I went on to say that although alone is where I feel the most comfortable, I love being with this awesome family that God gave me. I love being “alone” with my family. When we are at home, we share so many adventures and stories with one another. As a writer who tends to wear my emotions and thoughts on my sleeve, I realize that I probably tell more than I should. I know I tell more than I should. But, because of my experiences of being “alone with Christ”, I now have a story to tell. Because of telling my story, I am now experiencing more friends through Christ than I have ever imagined and I am blessed beyond all blessing to be able to share my story with so many. So, “Am I lonely here?” “Yes, I am alone here.” I am alone in my thoughts and with God. And, I am alone with those children of God who know me and love me.
Prayer: Father, You are our almighty and wonderful God. Thank you for the alone time You find to be with us. Help us to lean into You when we are alone where we will feel You more wonderfully. You are our awesome God. Amen
Prayer Focus: Those who feel alone