"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." (John 14:18 NIV)
Let's face it. There
are times, when we walk through situations and seasons in our lives,
when we are lonely. We even feel very much alone. No one is exempt. It's
just part of life.
I recall walking through one of these valleys.
That 'alone' feeling would quietly creep up and unexpectedly pounce,
sometimes seemingly from out of nowhere, sort of like being slammed by a
I would rather be on a mountain top experience; I love
those seasons. Yet I've learned most of life is lived somewhere
in-between. And I've learned it's all good. And, it's all a gift.
All the years my dad lived alone, after mom died, I would often say
to him, "I don't like you being alone on Sundays (or a holiday, or
birthday)" and he would always say, "I'm not alone! Jesus is right here
with me." He said it so often, that the reality of that finally began to
In every way, Jesus was his companion, there at the
house, right there with him. As I've thought about this, the beautiful
beloved 23rd Psalm came to mind, where David says: "Even though I
walk through the valley...You are with me." (Ps. 23:4 NASB).
We all have been, or will be, in a valley season during our life
journeys. It is beautiful beyond belief, and peaceful beyond our finite
mind's comprehension, to know and sense the truth of the words in the
Bible that bring comfort and healing.
In the valley I may feel
lonely, but am I alone? Not really; Jesus is with me. He's right here
That's good news.