Perhaps you are caring for an aging or ill spouse, and this leaves you isolated. Maybe you have a special needs child and few of your friends understand the challenges you experience. Do you experience physical pain on a daily basis and other people just don’t get it?
Maybe your work environment is one where you are the only Christian, and you are friendly with your co-workers but there is a separation. If you are in a ministry situation, this could make you feel set apart with different expectations and some distance in relationships.
The type of work you do may require a high level of confidentiality and few people have any idea the challenges you experience day in and day out. You may be dealing with extremely challenging family situations of which your friends are unaware. You may be a single mom in a sea of married couples, or a couple dealing with infertility in an ocean of friends with babies and toddlers.
For these and many other reasons, you may feel lonely in your calling.
If we had the time to sit down over coffee for one of those best kind of heart-to-heart talks, you would share with me that you love your life.
You love your family and you wouldn’t change your situation. You know God has placed you here, and you want to fulfill your calling. It’s just that…it’s hard. Sometimes it’s so very, very hard. You believe in your head that you are not alone, but your heart needs reminders more often.
Allow me to remind you today.
“At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them! But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.”
2 Timothy 4:16-17
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
God will never leave you and His love for you is forever strong and sure. Reach out to trustworthy people in your life for help and support. Asking for help is a sign of strength, not a sign of weakness.
You are not alone.
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