The writer of Psalm 102 wrote 'I am like...a sparrow alone on the housetop.' To be honest, we probably all know that feeling. We've sat there while our group of friends talks about something we don't get. We've gone somewhere new alone. We've awkwardly perched on the sidelines of a party / youth group, even if only once or twice. We all have our own tailored experience of loneliness. And it hurts.
But, it feels painful because we were built for more. The Bible opens with God playing matchmaker for Adam with Eve, and the final letters in the Bible are written from one group of friends to another. In the pages between, God pursues His people, but again and again they reject Him - that pretty much sums up the Old Testament. And then there's Jesus with His twelve best mates. One by one they turn their backs on him.
Clearly we are not built to 'go it alone'. In Jesus, God has known the pain of loneliness. It's not in His plan for you. If you need them, He will bring friends to you. If you need to, ask Him for company! Know that it's a big part of what He's made you for.
So what now? Remember, Jesus spent a lot of time with the waifs and strays. Look out for the person that's pushed to the side today, someone who gets ignored or excluded. Go ask them how their day's going (no matter how hard it is!).
Soulfood : Ezek 37:1-40:9, Mk 14:43-52, Ps 73:1-16, Prov 15:18-21