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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