Alone

September 2, 2020
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The reality television program, Alone, concluded this season on Thursday, August 20th. Contestants had been taken to Great Slave Lake, about 250 miles from the Arctic Circle, and were they to survive on their own for 100 days, they would receive a million dollars.

At any time, the contestants could tap out by calling on a special phone and saying that they had had enough. Only one contestant, named Roland, made it to 100 days. Roland said that he now realized that he should spend more time with his family and appreciate them.

Mental weakness started to sap contestants of their strength, as on many days they fought off hunger pangs, very cold weather, and fear of dangerous animals like bears, wolves, and wolverines. Contestants missed their spouses, children, and parents.

The time and solitude with no one around to visit or talk to made contestants relive memories of what they were missing out on, back home.

Each contestant was trying this challenge to win the money, as they longed to make a better life for their families. Some contestants soon realized, however, that it was not the prize money of one million dollars that was the most important thing, but that they needed to get home and be with their families. It is not good to be alone.

Genesis 2:18 – Then the Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him." (NLT)

Sometimes, when I went golfing or was going for a walk, somebody would comment, "I saw you were walking by yourself", or "I see you were golfing alone." My answer was, "No, I was not alone — God was with me." God is always with us, and we can talk to Him at any time.

Matthew 14:23 – After sending them home, [Jesus] went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone. (NLT)

When Jesus wanted to get away from the disciples or the crowds that were following Him, it was not to be alone, but to be with God. Jesus always used this time to pray and talk with God.

Matthew 6:6 – When you pray, go into a room alone and close the door. Pray to your Father in private. He knows what is done in private, and he will reward you. (CEV)

Go into that special place, close the door, listen to His voice, and seek His wisdom. Go for that walk, clear your mind, and talk to your Lord. You never need to be alone.

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, may no one ever feel alone. When we go for a walk, may we open up to You and express the desires of our hearts. Thank You for spending time with us and hearing our prayers. Amen.


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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Wonderful devotional.


    So true, thank you Larry. God bless!


    Thanks for the encouragement, Larry.


    Thank you, Larry, for this comforting devotional.


    Thank you, Larry, for sharing this encouraging devotional with us. Blessings.


    Hey Larry, I was surprised to see today’s devotional online was submitted by you. Well done.


    Larry, Thank you for this devotion.
    I like it very much.
    (Quebec)


    Hi Larry: Thank you for writing this article. It was very good, and I will remember it when I feel like I am alone….and know that I am not!!!


    Dear Larry,
    Thank you for the encouragement to remember to be with God and to value that time. May you walk with the Lord each and every day.


    Thank you, Larry, for your devotional. During this Pandemic time, I hope that I have come to realize who and what is important in my life. Certainly, there has been time to concentrate on God and my relationship to him…not sure how well I have done on that.
    (Texas USA)


    Amen. And so many people are alone, in a crowd. There but not connected. Sometimes people feel that in church also. There, but who cares? Nobody talks to them or takes time to actually see them. Sad. Never alone as long as the Lord is with you, and yet the body of Christ is connectedness. Humans were created for connection.


    Quite a feat, to learn such a simple lesson! Thanks for sharing this.
    Family and friends have become so much more important during this pandemic, just ask anyone cooped up in a Care Home, over the last six months!
    Bless you for this,
    (BC)


    Hello Larry,
    Good advice. Yes, it can feel very consoling and comforting to just take a quiet time alone and converse with our Lord God. He is ever there and ready to hear from us.
    Thank you for this mindful devotional.
    Blessings,
    (B.C.)


    Thank you, Larry, for your devotional on aloneness. As a widow of 12 years now after over 50 years of marriage, I know that lonely feeling so well. Pets are wonderful friends in our lonely times, but they don’t live forever either. I had lonely times long before Covid-19 kicked in. I know my family has to earn a living, and distances often make it hard. I understand that fact as I also worked while raising a family. Canada is a big country and I find myself living in BC away from some loved relatives in Ontario and Newfoundland. Sometimes Facebook helps, but alas it does not replace being able to give each other a hug when needed. However, as a reminder to loved ones who can “make” time for friends, yet not family, wake up we will not be here forever.
    There is an old song, “Only The Lonely Know How I feel tonight”, I think that is the first line. So true if you have never felt lonely, you are truly blessed, but alas alone times come to all of us at various times in our life. I know for a fact that if I did not have abiding faith in Jesus, I would not have coped as well as I have done.
    We do once in a while need to go off by our self like Jesus did, but also need to gather in the family circle again.
    I appreciate your devotional, and hope it helps others.


    This Is a very important message for us all.

 



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