Ok...So this idea of thanking God for bad stuff and hard stuff is very intriguing to me....I can do it...I think....but it has the possibility of getting personal...really personal. It's actually downright scary. With these thoughts I begin this experiment...can I actually do it? Will I really find myself thankful for or in the difficult circumstances of my life? I guess we'll see.
Today I want to tackle something so many deal with... something I don't like to even admit about myself...but it is true nonetheless.
I am sometimes lonely....and I hate it!
Yes I have friends and family and commitments and a job and all that stuff yet still at times I find myself feeling very isolated and distant from those things...feeling very lonely. I need someone to "get" me at the particular place I am in.....I know we all feel this at times.
Am I thankful for these times...for these feelings? ....not usually....mostly I feel as if I deserve to Not be lonely. Why is that? Why do I feel as if I shouldn't experience loneliness?...We know that Jesus felt alone at times...He even asked His Father why He had forsaken Him...now that is loneliness and abandonment!...and who says I shouldn't share in His sufferings....as a matter of fact...isn't it an honor and a privilege to share in His sufferings, even a reasonable part of the package?
Yes!...scripture says so ....OK...that helps....now I think I can be thankful for loneliness...at least I know that I am experiencing something that Jesus experienced...at least I know that a payoff is promised..."sharing in His glory" whatever that means ....and perhaps in time I will learn to be thankful in that experience as well.
In some ways I guess we as believers will always feel somewhat alone this side of heaven, even while sharing our lives with other believers....maybe He wants it that way so we never get too comfortable in this temporary home. Thank you, Lord for periods of loneliness...teach me about You in those times.
Roms. 8:8: Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.