“Yet, I am not alone, for my Father is with me.” John 16:32
“No one seems to understand!” Oh, the many times I have thought or spoken these words in the middle of my struggles, and all the situations life throws at me. Oh, the many times I have thought: “No one really gets it!”
In these times we feel alone. In our despair we are unable to allow other people to share in our struggles. We retreat. We make ourselves scarce. We put on happy faces so we don’t have to talk about our sufferings, because no one is going to understand them anyway, right? We struggle in isolation, searching for the coldest, darkest caves in which to hide from the world.
Cast your cares on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. Psalm 55:22
In this we are reassured that we are never alone in our struggles. He understands. When we believe we have no one to whom we can share our burdens, we can turn to Him for comfort. We can turn to Him for peace. We can turn to Him for friendship. We can turn to Him for understanding.
Carry each others burdens…Galatians 6:2
God never leaves us lonely. That is why we were made for relationships. Not just with God, but with each other. God never intended for us to carry our weight alone. He doesn’t want us to retreat in isolation. He wants us to reach out when we are burdened, make people understand our needs, tell others how they can help us.
Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out for help. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
Reach out. Reach out to your friends, to your spouse, to your co-workers. Find people that want to understand and share in your struggles. Find people who will pick you up when you are falling. Find friends who will keep you warm, even if you are trying to hide out in the coldest cave, because I am sure these friends, these burden-sharers, have at one time searched for that same cave, too.
“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” C.S. Lewis