I have seen and heard this expression many times in the last few years. I usually think to myself that God must really like spending time with me, since I feel lonely much of the time. Then tonight, I felt like God said to me, “Maybe you wouldn’t feel so lonely if you spent more time with Me to begin with.”
It’s like being hungry. If you were hungry and had access to food, you wouldn’t wait until you were completely famished to eat something; you would have a meal or snack. Or if you were thirsty, you would get a drink. Your body knows what it needs and tells your brain to go after it.
Sometimes, the signals get crossed. Like when you think you are hungry, but you’re actually thirsty. So you eat something, but it doesn’t satisfy what you need. I think we can get crossed-up in the spirit too.
When I am feeling lonely, usually the first thing I do is scroll through social media. This is generally a bad idea because, ironically, it makes me feel even more alone. The next thing I do is try to call or text someone. My loneliness is then temporarily eased, until the communication ends. Chatting with friends is great and all, but sometimes what my spirit really needs is a deeper connection.
Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.
I can never remember a time where I felt lonely, prayed, and didn’t feel better. Sometimes I’ll even start out in tears and so incredibly overwhelmed with the feelings of loneliness and depression that I don’t know where to start. But God is patient. He has all the time in the world.
Once I get all my sadness, bitterness, frustration, anxiety, depression (you name it) out, we have a nice little talk. Did you know you can talk to God just like you talk to your best friend? I sure do! God doesn’t want some flowery, perfect prayers- He wants you, just the way you are. Let me tell ya, friend, just a little talk with Jesus makes it right.
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.