ISAIAH 41:10 (NCV)
The Bible Says... “So don’t worry, because I am with you. Don’t be afraid, because I am your God. I will make you strong and will help you; I will support you with my right hand that saves you.”
Just A Dash
“Loneliness is sometimes the price you pay for being anointed...” -Kenneth Coleman
I can admit that I have been in a season of loneliness. I haven’t had time to kick it like I used to. I haven’t been able to spend as much time with my friends and family. I find myself turning down social invitations and not being as available as I have been in the past. For months, I have been preoccupied with Dash of Salt Ministry and seeking God’s voice. I’ve been reconnecting with God and finding so much joy and peace in my Christian experience! I’m learning what is means to fellowship, I’m learning how to worship, and I am finding joy in God’s assignment on my life. This joy has been so overwhelmingly refreshing, that I haven’t wanted to disrupt it...but I understand that it has been hard on my friends and family. I haven’t found that balance yet, and I’m not even sure if there is a balance between the two.
It isn’t that I haven’t wanted to be bothered. But in this season, I COULDN’T be bothered. When God pulls you aside for an assignment, He has to pull you away from the distractions that could cause you to lose focus on His calling on your life. To friends, family and loved ones, it may seem as though you “aren’t foolin’ w/ them” or “haven’t had time for them” or “been too busy for them”...sound familiar? When God needs to focus your attention on Him, it is necessary that He pull you away from people, relationships, situations, and environments that aren’t fixed on Him. You may notice that the people you’ve pulled away from are not where you are spiritually. You’ll find yourself in the company of people who are in a position to help you “level up” spiritually.
A Pinch More
For those who have been feeling lonely because of your anointing, understand that you are not alone. You are, in fact, in the company of God the Father. The loneliness you’re feeling is the space that God is trying to occupy. He is longing for you to fellowship with Him and spend time in His presence. Those people who don’t understand or feel some type of way about the way you’ve been moving lately...there’s a reason they’ve pulled away from you. We don’t wear coats in the summer, because not everything you wear in one season will be necessary in the next season. You’ll have to shed some layers. And if you aren’t willing to shed them, God will remove them for you.
For those on the outside looking in, who feel like your dear friend has abandoned you or doesn’t want to be around you, it isn’t personal...but it’s personal. They’re building a personal and intimate relationship with God that is necessary for their growth in ministry. You’ll notice drastic shifts in their behavior, their outlook, their priorities, and their passions. Be supportive. Allow them time and space to grow. Lift them in prayer. They’re on assignment from God. Let them work. On the other side of your feelings for them is a completely new friend, longing for you to be a part of all that God is doing in their life.
If you’re feeling lonely, stop wasting time looking for other people, relationships and experiences to fill your need for companionship. Instead, understand that God is already here for you. He’s removed all distractions and is waiting to be your greatest companion, your closest friend.
Q: In what area of your life have you felt the most alone lately?
Q: What have you been doing to try and fill up all the space, time, and opportunity for God to sit with you?
Q: How can you make room for God to accompany you in the spaces where you’ve found yourself to be lonely?