“How do we move from feeling lost in our loneliness to being where we long to be — more deeply connected to God and to others? We learn to watch for God to show up and intervene in our lives when we are lost in our loneliness.”- Ruth Graham (emphasis author’s)
“[Hagar] gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: ‘You are the God who sees me.’ “- Genesis 16:6 (NIV)
Ruth Graham concludes Chapter 2 of Transforming Loneliness with the story of Hagar (Genesis 16). First, Ruth notes, Hagar most likely lived comfortably amid Abram’s nomadic lifestyle. Because Abraham posses considerable means – rich in livestock, silver, and gold. In addition, as Sarai’s maidservant, Hagar took on increased responsibilities. But, Ruth cautions, a comfortable lifestyle or many people fails to negate loneliness of the heart.
However, after Hagar became pregnant with Abram’s child, Sarai mistreated her. As a result, Hagar fled. Yet, Hagar’s honest response to the angel of the Lord speaks to us in our suffering. As Ruth explains, the God who saw Hagar sees us as well:
“When we are lonely and have reached the end of our resources, it is comforting to know God sees us. . . . He is paying attention. He not only sees us but knows us, and He cares when we feel lost in the harsh wilderness of our loneliness.”
Above all, Ms. Graham stresses, God not only sees us and cares about us. But God has a plan for us. A plan that far exceeds our wildest hopes and dreams. And God love you so much He intervenes in your life as He calls you to follow Him.
In conclusion, Ruth offers these words of hope:
“Being lost is frightening. Being lost and alone is very frightening. But we have a shepherd who comes to rescue us. Though we may feel alone and lost in the wilderness, our rescuer is on the way. . . . Hold tight and keep your eyes open for His coming!”
Today’s question: What Scriptures help when we’re feeling lost in our loneliness? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: The ultimate end of all loneliness”