I received a text from a friend:

“I feel completely alone in this world.”

I recognized that emotion, it had become all too familiar to me last Fall. My immediate response was “you’re not alone”. My heart continued…

I was there, trust me, I know exactly how you feel. But there’s joy in the morning, there’s peace on the other side…

But, I knew her situation, and I couldn’t relate. I had rejected those same words from a friend months ago. I began deleting them even faster than I had typed them.

What could I actually say? I asked the Lord and He reminded me of where the passion for my own deliverance came from. So, I simply sent His Word:

And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”  Hebrews 12:1-3

Jesus Is So Close… He’s Touched by Your Pain (Hebrews 4:15).

I couldn’t relate one bit to her struggle, but I found the One who could. He’s the same One who felt every ounce of my hurt and brought assurance for an abundant life.

How incredible is our Savior? He carried all of our shame and the guilt of our sin, so we would never have to feel alone. He’s been there, in each situation, and He’s still there now waiting for us to walk in His resurrection power.

So, What’s the Play Call?

If you feel alone because you don’t know anyone who has walked the same path or endured the same heartaches as you, throw that lie back where it belongs. The truth is, Jesus voluntarily walked through it for you. He understands, and He’s there (Deuteronomy 31:6).

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