“And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. (Isaiah 58:11)
Sometimes loneliness overwhelms and a good metaphor to describe how it feels is a playground with only one child on it – me! It is painful to work hard to surround yourself with people you have given to, encouraged, supported, and rooted for – only to find yourself in a predicament where you are lonelier than ever before. Where is the encouragement for the heart during times like this?
My heart has been touched by a passage of Scripture that jumped out to me during a sermon I heard recently. John 7:38 says, “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”
These verses explain that anyone who believes (present tense participle) – meaning a continuing act of believing here and now – will only find satisfaction in coming to Jesus, drinking of Him and believing in Him. Rivers will flow out of his or her innermost being and these rivers bring enlightenment, joy and power.
All this adds up to the fact that when I am lonely I must turn my focus inward to the source of life and energy and vitality. I must remember I am weak and that I depend on God for the very sustenance of my life.
It seems so difficult to get back to this profoundly simple thought. I know I must become empty and depleted to once again be filled up with the fullness of God. Out of the fullness of my heart flow all the thoughts and words and choices of my life.