My daughter and I are watching the second season of ALONE which airs on the History channel each Thursday @ 9pm on the East coast. We love this show for so many reasons. It’s clean (which is so hard to find in any reality show these days.) It’s informative and it depicts what happens to people when they are left alone for long periods of time without human contact. If you are not familiar with this series, here is how history.com describes it:
Ten people enter the Vancouver Island wilderness carrying only what they can fit in a small backpack. They are alone in harsh, unforgiving terrain with a single mission–stay alive as long as they can. These brave men and women must hunt, build shelters, and fend off predators. They will endure extreme isolation and psychological distress as they plunge into the unknown and document the experience themselves. No camera crew. No producers. It is the ultimate test of human will.
What I didn’t anticipate when we first started watching this show was the spiritual lessons that could be obtained from observing these people. First of all, a believer won the first season and he was very verbal about his faith. I am sure they must have edited out tons of things he really recorded about his Christianity because of political correctness, however the lesson was still evident. If we have Jesus, we are not alone. Many of the people from both seasons who didn’t have the Lord could not handle the solitude. They were truly alone.
As I was running this morning, I was reflecting on last night’s episode. The final four people described their intense desire to be reunited with family, yet in this time alone, they are facing old hurts from their past that they ran from dealing with. They are grieving lost loved ones that they never truly mourned, and They are finding sincere appreciation for what and who is waiting for them at home.
The bottom line is that they are forced to face their demons because there is no one else to distract them and no media to plug into so that they can pretend everything is okay. What about those of us who are not stranded on an island? Do we allow ourselves to be alone long enough to let God deal with our old hurts and our losses that we have been scared to deal with and grieve? Do you jump from one relationship to another out of fear of being alone? Are you afraid to know who you truly are without someone else? It’s not a sin to feel lonely but we do have seasons where it can be very beneficial to be alone. Jesus took time to be alone.
Even though I was not expecting to be without my partner as this stage of my life, I have gained much experience and also much understanding of myself as a now unmarried woman. I am allowing God to utilize this time to realign me in the Kingdom and remind me of who I am as an individual. I hope this is an encouragement to someone today who may be feeling all alone. Don’t look at the glass as half empty in this situation, look at the glass as half full! You have this beautiful time to realign yourself in the Kingdom (If you allow God to do it.) Then and only then will you truly be ready for your next assignment, regardless of whether that is solo or with someone else.