Poor Poor Pitiful Me!

Yesterday was a hard day for me. As the news poured in that the bubble is closing for two weeks and that there may be our first case of community spread I began to feel alone and lonely. My feelings had nothing to do with fear of Covid but because I miss the time and fellowship that I use to have with others.

That is exactly where my mind was attempting to get stuck. Another trip on the pity train had begun but thankfully it didn't last long. Learning to not just let your mind wander is like teaching a small child where they should and shouldn't go to ensure their safety.

Joshua 1:8 tells us that we should be thinking of the word of God day and night. It is hard to stay on the pity train when you turn your mind toward the promises that God has given us. There are many scriptures you can turn to that can ease any anxiety that may be crowding your mind. My anxiety, or lie of the devil, was that I am alone and lonely.

Deuteronomy 31:6-8 speaks to the fact that God will never leave us or forsake us. So, how can I be alone if this is the truth. It is also written in Proverbs 18:24 that we have a friend that sticks closer than a brother. It even goes a step further saying that God loves us more, helps us more, and will always be there to lean on. Who doesn't need or want a friend like that. I certainly am glad that I have him.

I have some great friends, not a lot, but I have learned the hard way that quality certainly beats out quantity. I have lots of acquaintances but few close friends and I feel safe in their presence. Proverbs 17:17 tells us that a friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. It was when I first read and took time to think about that verse that I realized that some people I thought were friends were not. If they couldn't love me during my mistakes and low points then they needed to e moved to the acquaintance list.

Proverbs 16:28 also opened my eyes when I read that a dishonest man spreads strife and a whisperer separates closes friends. Yep, had enough of those in my life and no longer give them the focus in my life.

It was only after I realized that I had control over where my thoughts went that I realized that I am not and will not ever be alone and the friends that do keep in contact with me and are open and honest with me, take the time to really get to know me, are very precious and I am very blessed. The friends in my small circle are real and help me to remain real.

The lesson learned was that if I am feeling lonely I just have to grab my Bible and read the promises of God and to realize that he has already sent a comforter and I have to remain faithful and know that there are good things in store for my life.

There are always going to be down times and hard days on our journey but relying on and leaning into God through them will help ease the burden.

Pity is a wasted emotion (Jeremiah 29:11). It is destructive and all negative. It is a thief of your blessings, possibilities, hope and truly you are rejecting God's love and his power to create change in your life.

Even through the difficult season, I have to hold fast to the hope of better things to come. God has promised it and he doesn't lie: nice change!

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