I just love my friends. All of my friends. My in real life friends, my social media friends; the people I know from all walks of life, they are all really important to me. I’m even Facebook friends with my OB/GYN from America. That’s not at all weird, right?
Maybe just a tad weird.
But he’s a great guy.
Somehow though, even in the midst of having fantastic real life friends, some who are geographically close and others who are miles and miles away, and plenty of amazing online friends……..there are times when……truth be told…….because of circumstances and situations that I’m in, I can still feel really alone.
Now that’s REALLY WEIRD.
Because I’m not alone. I know I’m absolutely loved and dare I say, even cherished and fully supported in all I do, and even more importantly, supported in who I am…..but….sometimes I feel a chasm between myself and others…..
And because I’m relatively stable as far as my emotions go (‘relatively’ can be open to interpretation…), and because I wasn’t born yesterday…….I reckon that if I can acknowledge these feelings…….if I can shine the spotlight on the fact that I feel this way…..then I figure that there’s a high likelihood that there’s even something going down in your life, that causes you to feel alone in a crowd. Something causing you to feel like you’re not quite ‘enough’ or making you feel like you stick out like a sore thumb….
Maybe you’re the only divorced one in your circle of friends.
Maybe you’re the only one in your inner circle of friends who has a child currently testing the boundaries.
Maybe you’ve just recently made a major lifestyle change, a radical step of faith, and your life is a about to look a lot different to that of your peers.
Whatever your point of difference is……..while it may seem like your life is majorly different to you, I’m pretty sure that these points of difference aren’t even blips on the friendship paths in front of you. And even while there may be times when you really feel this isolation, stemming from whatever your point of difference may be….I can say with absolute authority……this isolation is 99.5 % self-imagined and 99.5% self-imposed.
We humans are such weird creatures.
Our over-active brains can do so much damage to us.
Ya wanna know why I know this and why I feel I can lay my wretched heart right open in front of you? Why I can tell you there’s absolutely no need to feel this way?
It’s because of Easter. Because of what we celebrate this glorious weekend. It’s because I believe that a man, who lived a blameless life, was nailed up on a cross and died a horrendous death. This man; Jesus, had his body taken to a tomb, but rose to life again, all because of us. So that we might have eternal life. We who choose to believe in Him, will not perish, but have eternal life.
You see Jesus didn’t just die for the educated people.
And it wasn’t for the prettiest of the people.
And it wasn’t for the most popular of the people.
And it wasn’t for the wealthiest of the people.
Nor the happily married ever after people.
Nor the double income, with two point four kids, and a white picket fence people.
No. At Easter we remember that Jesus died and rose again, for ALL people.
Jesus was the ultimate equalizer.
Whoever we are. Whatever we’ve done. Or not done. Whatever we have or don’t have. All of that is irrelevant in the face of the cross that Jesus died on.
Whatever my hang ups with life might be, whenever I feel alone because of them, I need to remember that’s just dumb.
Whatever your hang ups with life might be, whenever you feel alone because of them, you need to remember that’s just dumb.
I’m worthy. You’re worthy. We’re all children of the most amazing God. Let’s remember that this Easter.
We are not alone.