But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
(Luke 5:16 NIV)
Sometimes I want to be lonely–without company, cut off from others, not frequented by human beings. Some may say this is sad. But in my loneliest times, I have found God or He finds me.
When alone, solitary companionship occurs. God alone fills my deepest desires, comforts me in grief, strengthens my emotional being. So maybe I desire solitude–a privacy to be with my thoughts, to be with God.
Jesus sought the lonely places for prayer. He rested from company.
Once in awhile, maybe quite often I am looking for that quiet day where I can walk in the lonely woods–to cry if I need to–to hum a tune–to sit still listening to . . .
the gurgling brook
the rushing fountain
the muffled voices
the siren and traffic in the distance
and I am reminded that I am never too lonely.
I just step out of the woods and I am in the midst of the human race
ready to engage, to understand, to embrace, to listen,
to do what human beings do–
each other’s loneliness.