Saturday, August 10, 2013

Alone...and Lonely. Five Minute Friday

Yesterday was Five Minute Friday and the prompt for the day was, LONELY.  I am coming a bit late to the game, but as this has been my discipline to get me posting more regularly I feel I must post this today...late as it is. So here goes.

Lonely...
Go...

There she sat, all alone on a sunny day.

The playground was alive with children's laughter.

The sound of iron on iron provided a constant rhythmic grinding noise. The children squealed with delight as they yelled to their partners to push harder, swinging ever higher into the air. Fingers wrapped around the chains as if in a death grip...legs pumping to help the swing move faster and higher, swaying back and forth, over and over in dizzying delight.

The sound of rope slapping the ground, over and over, with the rhyming chants of "Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack" as the other girls jumped rope.   She could hear the pealing laughter and giggles as they stumbled and began again.

The sound of bats cracking, children yelling and running...
Sounds of fun and games...as children clumped together in different groups across the playground.

But there she sat...alone...and lonely. The feeling of being unwanted a heavy weight descending down over her...almost as if there were clouds right above her head...muffling the sound of children in the background of her thoughts.

Stop! 
My five minutes are up, but, of course, I can't stop there.

Can you picture that woman...or child in the woman, in the words above?  Are you that woman? Have you experienced that feeling of being alone in the midst of a flurry of activity? Wondering...who will come and take your hand...invite you in...???

Let me come alongside you...take your hand. You are not alone! I would venture to guess that there are millions of women out there feeling, at times, that lonely ache in the midst of a flurry of activities.  The lack of intimacy in their lives...the feeling that, "no one gets me"...no one really cares.
God knows...He knows that feeling.  His own Son had to experience rejection...to experience those closest to Him not really getting Him...and finally to experience the darkest day of His life on the cross. Rejected...His own Father turned His gaze away. But He experienced this so that you and I would never have to feel that rejection.

We never have to experience that severing of fellowship with the One who loves us most. (tweet this) He promises that He will never leave us or forsake us.  He left this earth but lives on in His children in the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

Never. alone. again.

But still...there are times...we forget what we have. No...WHO we have with us, within us. Ready to guide, protect, and comfort us.  We just have to take His hand.

Are you willing to take His hand?







"The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; He will  never leave you not forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged..." Deuteronomy 31:8

    Now it's your turn…

  1. Write for 5 minutes flat - no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
  2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
  3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands, or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you and encourage them in their comments. Seriously! That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community.

16 comments:

  1. Hi Gay - visiting from Lisa-Jo's site. What a beautiful post! Thank you for the reminder that we are never alone. I need to bookmark it and read it on those lonely days!

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    1. Hi Andrea! I am so happy you stopped in for a visit! Thanks for your encouraging words. You remind me that I am not alone in this blogging journey.
      blessings,
      Gay

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  2. Stopping by from FMF, what a lovely post. It's amazing how many of us lonely people there are out there, that because we're all surrounded by activity we assume everyone else is deeply connected. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Stephanie,
      Thanks so much for stopping by! I think at one time or another we can all relate to that lonely woman sitting on the bench...yet how many times do we ourselves recognize it in others and reach out and let them know that there is someone to walk with them through their journey. I hope to be one to reach out and take a hand...because as you say...that assumption that everyone is connected is just an illusion isn't it?

      blessings,
      Gay

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  3. Hi Gay! So kids still sing Miss Mary Mack? That image really resonated with me. Sometimes being alone does block out all the joy in the background. That is so sad. So much life around us.

    I liked your reflection and supportive writing too. We all need to be willing to hold each other's hands.

    Good to be here!
    Ceil

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    1. Ceil,
      Thanks for coming by! I'm not really sure if they sing that...it was the only one that would come to mind as I was trying to paint the picture. LOL!.
      So true that it can block out the joy in the background...and sometimes the joy in the background makes the inner loneliness even more intense. I am so glad that God brings back the inner joy!
      blessings,
      Gay

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    1. Yay!! I love to hear from fellow sisters on the journey! You are so very welcome here!
      blessings,
      Gay

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  5. Profound! Thank you Gay for such a great reminder! I have been struggling with this very issue and our Heavenly Father wants me to focus on Him and no one else. You are the second person to confirm this. All glory to God. I think I better pay attention!

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    1. Tina,
      I'm so glad you stopped by to share your heart!!
      Echoes of His great love and mercy come to us in unexpected places. I'm so happy that God spoke to you through the word that He led me to write today! I hope to see you tomorrow...we should most definitely get together for coffee or lunch!
      blessings,
      Gay

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  6. Great post Gay! And yes, I can certainly relate to the image you painted through your words...very much of my childhood felt that way. I thank God today I really don't experience lonliness like that even though I often am alone I do not suffer lonliness and there is a HUGE difference. I am sure that for me this change came as I grew to be a stronger and more involved Christian.

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    1. Paula,
      Thank you for your encouraging words! It's true that Jesus makes all the difference!
      blessings,
      Gay

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  7. Playgrounds can indeed be lonely places. Great post.

    Laura Hedgecock
    http://www.TreasureChestofMemories.com
    http://www.twitter.com/LauraLHedgeock

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    1. Laura,
      Thanks so much for stopping by! Playgrounds and boardrooms and fellowship halls...they can all be lonely places...yes.
      I pray that Christ fills all of your spaces with His loving and encouraging presence!
      blessings,
      Gay

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  8. Thanks for the reminder that we never need to be lonely. :)

    Hello. I’m Rodney. One of the few guys on the Wall Around Your Heart Launch Team. I’m just dropping in to a few blogs to say hello.

    Thanks for liking my Facebook page and following me on Twitter.

    Keep up the blogging and I’ll see you online. :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the encouraging word.
      blessings,
      Gay

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blessings,
Gay