For you, Lord, have delivered me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living. I trusted in the Lord when I said, “I am greatly afflicted” Psalm 116:8-10a
I might best describe my life as a series of physical, emotional and spiritual journeys. The most significant of these journeys has been as a solo traveler. The phrase, “He had to walk it by himself,” from the hymn Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley reminds me that because Jesus walked the lonesome valley we never have to feel alone.
Over the past year I’ve experienced the tension of loneliness as both burden and gift. Aloneness through the death of a loved one, and career disappointments have transformed by relationship with Jesus. In order to stay on course I realized quickly I must nurture an authentic relationship with the One whose journey leads mine.
Lonely no more, we can thank the Lord for hearing our cries and for His extravagant love. It’s with boldness and faith that enable us to trust in Him to always be there as close as the air we breathe. Have courage knowing He is ready to comfort you during this Lenten season and every season of your life.