I never found it challenging to be alone—it was feeling alone that got to me.
Here’s a truth about introverts (like me). We’re not necessarily anti-social, we just need to be alone to recharge and refresh. Not so long ago I experienced something I never thought possible for my hermit-shaped heart.
I craved community.
Working remotely during the pandemic was a breath of fresh air for this loner, for the first few weeks. However, when gathering with colleagues, family, and friends fell away, the borders of my world closed in. When grief and prolonged illness moved in, I felt alone—as though forgotten.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.Hebrews 10:23 NASB95
Have you ever awakened to a new day feeling you’d rather not participate?
Sometimes the hardest thing to do on a day like that is to take the first step. Believe me, I understand the monumental effort it takes to flap the covers back and roll out of bed. I can also testify to the numerous times I began my day drained of hope and discovered how being around others transformed despair into delight.
I encourage you to not only reach out but cling to the hope of Christ in you, Christ for you, and Christ with you. Give God the opportunity to add a testimony of His faithfulness to your story. Don’t turn back. Expand your world by participating in the life teeming around you.
Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds.Hebrews 10:24 NASB95
Some of my most intimate and memorable moves of God came through being with others. There was a time when I prayed to feel God’s embrace. Later in the day, I watched as one of my customers walked to the exit door of the store. She placed her hands on the door, paused, turned around, came back to where I stood, and hugged me.
I’ll never forget her words when she released her embrace, “I just felt like you needed a hug today.”
She was stimulated by His love, and she passed that intimate strength from Him to me. I’m pretty sure I became a hugger of others that day, too.
For all the ways we can connect these days, assembling as encouragers in Christ is still the most effective antidote for feeling alone.
Not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.Hebrews 10:25 NASB95
Hebrews 10:25 applies to believers gathering anywhere—at any time.
Sunday fellowship? Yes.
Nursing home? For sure.
The home where a mom feels isolated? Oh, yes.
The bedroom where your young one retreats? Of course.
May I encourage you to join me in prayer? Let’s ask God for opportunities to extend His love, do good deeds, and encourage others for His glory.
When He places people in our path or on our hearts, can we commit to following through?
We are a sacred community—the Church, the body of Christ. May His faithfulness be exemplified through our care for one another. We are truly in this life together.
We are a sacred community – the Church, the body of Christ. We are truly in this life together. Charla Matthews #community #friendship #parenthoodTweet