To say that the last year has been a hard one as far as life and health issues go would be an understatement indeed. Not for me but for those around me.
In the last year I have seen people experience death, disease, anguish, pain, heartbreak and just about any other adjective you can add in here. I turn 67 next month and you start expecting to see some of that with the people around you being the same age. But there have also been quite a few people a lot younger than I am going through these experiences. I’m grateful I have not had to face any of these things as of late, but I also know that in a sinful and fallen world that my time is coming.
I have spent the night in the hospital a few years back while they tried to figure out what was going on. Nothing major and turned out to be nothing, but you don’t know that at 2 AM when you wake up in a room and there is no one there but machines that you are hooked up to. It can be a very lonely experience. The thing is, I knew I wasn’t alone, and I was reminded of that the other day when reading the Book of John.
“A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.” (John 16:32 NIV)
That is one of the most comforting scriptures for me in the Bible and I come back to it often. I was never alone that night and in fact I’m never alone because my Father, my God, my Savior are with me. I have a peace that the world did not give me, nor can it take away from me. It is a peace that only comes from a relationship with Jesus.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27 NIV)
You never know when you will get that phone call with tragic news, or the doctor report that is not good, or a spouse that walks out on you or child that just up and leaves home. You can even be sitting in a room full of people during the holidays and feel all alone. Some of my friends that experienced these trials this last year were not alone. They had surrendered their lives to Christ. It doesn’t make the pain any less and it doesn’t make the circumstances any easier. But there is a peace and comfort that comes from a relationship with a Savior who knows how you feel and has experienced what you are feeling. He is with you and guides and comforts you. You don’t have to be alone anymore and go through these things by yourself. “Since he himself has gone through suffering…he is able to help us” (Heb 2:18 NLT). He walked the path you’re on today so that you could go to Him knowing He understands, and that He is able to help.
Are you tired of being alone? Would you like to never be alone again? If you don’t know Jesus and want to talk about how you can have a relationship with Him and have a peace like no other, just click the Contact Me link at the top of the site page and I’d be happy to talk with you.