Alone in Company
Loneliness has long since known to be hazardous. We all associate with someone who prefers their own company, and from time to time we all favour a period of solitude, whether it be for concentration or meditation. However, it is generally true that human beings are made for companionship, yet, 9 million people in the UK state that they are always or often alone . This illustrates the point: most prefer company, but 1 in 5 is lonely. Our society has all the connectivity it requires and more, and yet the disconnection of loneliness is higher than ever.
Another phenomenon of the modern age is the ‘paradox of loneliness.’ This is where someone has all the connections required to live an accompanied life but still feel alone. This is more difficult to deal with, but research suggests it is on the rise.
Maybe you understand this? It is possible to feel like this for a number of reasons; wrestling with personal problems that you just don’t feel able to share; harbouring sin in your life that you just can’t let go of and don't trust anyone enough to divulge; feeling a deficit of empathy for your troubles in the people around you. Perhaps you have had to take a stand for things that have separated you from the crowd, and although there are people all around, you feel very alone. These are real issues, and it is likely that we will all feel that way at some point in our life. Whether it be in the classroom, boardroom, or the family room, it is possible that we will be all alone, but in the presence of company.
In this regard, I noted with interest a verse in Luke’s gospel recently; ‘And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him’ (Luke 9:18, KJV). I had to read it a few times to get the point Luke is making; the Lord Jesus was praying, alone, but His disciples were with Him! If you are struggling with this right now, be encouraged: The Lord Jesus has walked that path before you! There was a moment in His life when even though surrounded by people, He was all alone, for He was the only one praying. Just previously, they had been in the throng of 5,000 hungry bystanders. Having met their needs, the Lord resorts to prayer with His disciples, yet He is all alone.
Hebrews 4:12 tells us that he is a capable High Priest interceding for us today in Heaven, because He can sympathise with us, having tasted the human experience. So, if you are feeling alone in company, then know that the Lord has been that road before you.