“God has spoken very boldly about his desire to be a presence in our lives. If I want to heal the ache and loneliness in my own life, one of the things I need to do is get away alone with God. The paradoxical “answer” to loneliness is aloneness… with God. In the silence God will speak to you most powerfully. Too often his words to us get muffled, lost, or covered by the crowd of many noises both inside and outside of us. We must have a quiet heart in order to hear God’s distinctive message to us.” ~Tim Hansel …
No one wants to feel hurt or lonely, and no one wants someone they love to have to feel that way either… and God is no exception. As Tim points out, the answer to our loneliness is God–“getting away alone with Him.” And if we believe in God, then there really is no reason in the world not to spend some time working on our relationship with Him. But we must come to Him with a quiet heart so that we might hear his personalized message He is speaking to us.
It is apparent that God loves us… because He created each of us. And because He created us, He wants to have a special and direct relationship with us. But having a relationship with God requires acceptance and effort on our part. Just as my relationships with my wife, children, and those I love take time and effort and love, so too does my relationship with God. And if I want it to be strong, I have to make that friendship one of my highest priorities, which includes making time for Him in my life.
Do not feel that you cannot have the same relationship with God that any saint or religious leader can… you can! You need only have the faith and willingness to do so. And do not feel afraid or fearful that God will not answer… He will. God is more faithful than we can even imagine, and He will not leave us hanging–we just have to learn how to listen to the messages that He gives us.
Spend some time talking to God today.
Questions to consider:
Do you allow the presence of God in your life? Are we ever really alone?
Do you ever feel that you neglect your relationship with God? How can you go about strengthening it?
What are the risks of developing a relationship with God? What are the risks if we do not?
For further thought:
“When you seek Love with all your heart, you shall find its echoes in the universe.” ~Rumi