I lie awake; I am like a lonely sparrow on the housetop. (Psalm 102:7 ESV)
Recently there have been several tragic suicides by famous actors and singers. For many, these people were envied and an example of someone who had ‘made it’. The stars had money, fame, success . . . some had strong, close families and social causes that they supported as well. Yet, due to various reasons from addiction to depression or mental illness, they ended their lives.
Robin Williams – one of those who took his own life – once made the comment, ‘I used to think the worst thing in life is to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel all alone.’
This was Robin’s perception . . . that it’s those around us who ‘make’ us feel alone. The reality of course is that the problem lies with the person in the mirror. That we are all broken people with a void and a hole in our souls that can only be filled by the Lord . . . no amount of income, fame or even the ‘right’ friends can fill this chasm . . . only the relationship that comes through accepting the blood of Christ and making Him Lord of our lives.
For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? (Mark 8:36 ESV)
We need to understand this; we must grasp the reality of the broken state of each person we meet, and share the gift of the gospel. We may not have a famous star cross our paths, but we will interact with many sweet souls who are wandering around broken and feeling alone. This aloneness is not ‘mistake’ but a plan from the Designer as a way to call us into a relationship with Him.
Father, thank You for making us with an ache for You. Help us to walk in a living relationship with You. Fill us afresh each day with Your presence so that we would take You out into the world that you love and for which You gave Your Son. May those we meet smell the fragrance of Jesus on us that they too would desire the fulfillment that only You can give. In Jesus’ name, Amen.