Alone

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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.

Luke 5:16

But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

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.

Be Blessed

2 comments

  1. This made me think of something I’ve been pondering…(forgive me if it’s maybe not directly related, but in my mind, it seems to be!) I think about people who have lost their spouses, of course wondering how I would handle that, or how my husband would handle that, and I realize that as strong as a marriage bond can be, in the end, it still comes down to God and me, or God and Roberto. I mean, as united as we can be to other people, the moments of birth and death are things we each must experience alone. Like the song, “It’s You and Me Alone, God.” And I think of how some people remarry, and therefore in marriage, “belong” in the human relationship sense, to the new spouse. This again, makes me think that the only one we really and truly belong to eternally, is God. Roberto told me recently that if something were to happen to me, there is 5% of me he wouldn’t necessarily miss (the difficult parts of me). So honest of him to say, but a little hard for me to hear. But this confirms the truth that as much as one human can love another human, he/she can never be anyone else’s “all in all”. Considering that fact, I see that it’s so important to put that relationship with God, first and foremost. xoxoxo

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  2. That was so eloquently put Maria. When it all comes down to it, what seems to matter most biblically is our alone relationship with God and then secondly how we love others.

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