“Turn to me and be gracious to me,
for I am alone and brought very low.
The sorrows of my heart have increased”
Lonely and with an aching heart can be a terrible experience – as even King David discovered. No one to confide in, and without even adequate words with which to express the empty darkness engulfing us. The hollow chatter of nearby people can make us long to escape – escape to a quiet place in which to hug ourselves and our misery. Or if we are fortunate, into the healing comfort of safe arms, a warm heart and the silent understanding of someone trusted -who seems to whisper that it will be okay.
A little girl of five came to spend the day with me recently. She was trying to recover from a stomach bug that had left her feeling unwell and discontented. During the day as I watched her move sadly away from an activity, I asked her if she wanted a hug. Her response was immediate – and she climbed onto my lap, snuggled against my chest and very soon drifted off to sleep within my warm and encircling arms. It was just what she needed, and had not realised that she wanted.
No matter how ‘big and strong’ we might be, or appear to be, there is still a little child within us. He or she needs from time to time to be able to escape into the comfort and security of our Father’s embrace – and to rest there as He comforts and reassures us. Later, as we return to our own world again, we know that He stays with us.
“Be still, and know that I am God” of your yesterdays, todays and tomorrows.
Take time to be quiet with God. Sitting quietly before Him, leaning into His enfolding arms and listening to His love – and whatever else He might communicate. Do it often so that it becomes a part of your life with Him.
Father, I need Your love and reassurance – even as the deer longs for streams of water. Bless me Lord as I sit quietly with You – for I put my trust in You. Amen.