Alone

It seems that every human being that ever has lived on this earth has had the opportunity to feel and to know what it truly means to be utterly and desperately alone. Forsaken. For one reason or another. Physically or mentally, feeling completely isolated, suffering deep searing heart pain, at least once in a lifetime.

Likely, this is true several more times per life span than is often admitted or noticed. I have been that lonely. Have you?

Do you know the wracking sobs that make you feel as though your heart is bursting irreparable into a million pieces? Have you known the mind numbing terror of a mental prison, hardly breathing for fear?

An abused terrified child feeling there is no one to turn to for protection. A teenager completely rejected by his peers. A troubled marriage.  Serious illness. Longings for one’s elusive soul mate. Living alone, following the death of a lifetime partner. You easily can add to this list.

There is so much potential for loneliness in one’s lifetime that it is a wonder that anyone ever experiences any joy and happiness. Yet, we all at a deep level believe it possible and desire to be happy.

I’ve contemplated the idea of loneliness for a number of weeks. Ever since I wrote “Do You Stand Alone?”, I have been astounded at the number of people from all over the world that have found this blog by searching on the words ‘alone’ or ‘all alone’.

They continue to land here each week since then. And bounce off the page onto the next web site in hopes of relieving their agony of heart and soul. Most seek in vain.  Henry David Thoreau wrote, “most men lead lives of quiet desperation”. How true. And very sad.

Each desires and seeks relief from brutal, heart breaking and heavy burdens. Often we long for those closest to us to notice our pain, to fill the void and provide relief. Often they are the ones who most disappoint. Few find relief. And fewer still know where to seek that fount.

“The kingdom of God is…righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost” Romans 14:17

Are you longing for someone to enter your life that knows and understands you completely? Have you longed for someone to listen to your heart with compassion, perfect understanding and most of all love and acceptance?

Who knows exactly how it feels to be abandoned by family or friends, rejected, abused, completely misunderstood, and forsaken?

He feels your pain

“Image used with permission from Greg Olsen Art Publishing, Inc.”,
www.gregolsen.com 208-888-2585

Jesus Christ has experienced your pain. He knows how you feel. He has felt your feelings.  You are promised that He will succor you. He is simply waiting for you to ask Heavenly Father for help and to believe that He, the resurrected Christ is powerfully able and willing to bless you as you have need.

“Fear not even unto death; for in this world your joy is not full,

but in Me your joy is full” Doctrine and Covenants 101:36

Have you heard? Do you believe this? Do you know Him and trust Him with your all?

Have you felt His loving arms around you when you are most wounded?

We each have a special place within us provided solely for the privilege of discovering Christ’s divine touch, His blessings and gifts. A special place where His hand is meant to connect with mercy. He is able to fill the void and provide peace and comfort so profoundly, that there cannot be a doubt ever, of the depth of His knowledge of you- His precious child.

He is aware of all your feelings, of all your pain, of all your fears and of all your sorrows. He  knows it all.

“In Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore”  Psalm 16:11

Long ago I knew these teachings. But I didn’t understand how it could possibly be true. How does the great God of the universe stoop to my level to comfort me? What does He care about my petty thoughts and the small details of my insignificant life?

Yet, it is true and this is my testimony. He does reach for and comfort me each and every time I fall to my knees and submit in despair. And when I seek Him with happiness in my heart He kindly multiplies my joy until I cannot contain it.

“If thou art merry, praise the Lord with singing, with music, with dancing, and with a prayer of praise and thanksgiving.

If thou art sorrowful, call on the Lord thy God with supplication, that your souls may be joyful.” D & C 136:28-29

How truly amazing it is to serve a risen Savior who is faithfully mindful of me-even me- every moment of the day and in every situation of my life.

Jesus Christ lives today. He did not die 2000 years ago to remain sleeping till the end of time. He knows you very intimately-even more than you know yourself. He knows every thought that crosses your mind. He especially knows how much you suffer.

He is prepared to run to meet you as soon as you become willing to acknowledge your need for Him. Listen to your heart. Only He can fill that empty awful void you feel deep in your heart.

“Ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart” Jeremiah 29:13

There are countless other reasons to turn to our Lord Jesus Christ and to seek Him for our eternal salvation. Our innermost beings seek that joy and happiness that only He can give. He freely and willingly gives to all who seek Him.

Walking briskly, I stopped abruptly to stare at a lone tree. Not a thing unusual about it-not distinctly beautiful or breathtaking.

Passing it by for years, I had never noticed it before. However, this day there was something different about it.  It must have been the way the sun was shining on it.

Curious, I crossed the road to inspect it. It had berries! And as I got closer, I could see their powdery blue prolific little orbs.

I stared, contemplating. What kind of a tree produces this blue fruit? I wondered what value there is in its fruit. I believe everything created by God serves some purpose.

There the tree stands; doing what it was created best to do. Given life and light, it stands alone. It just is. Facing each storm that lambastes it. Growing stronger. Straighter. Enduring. Year after year.

Not attracting much attention. Unnoticed by the casual observer, it seems apparently not good for much. Yet in season and when the time is ripe, it produces the fruit that it was meant to produce.

The Lord…will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.” Isaiah 51:3

How very much like Heavenly Father’s children.

Have you ever found yourself feeling totally alone? Like that lone tree. What was your wilderness? A widower? Are you a single mom?  Grieving orphan? A virtuous teen making choices that alienate you from the vast majority? Terminal illness?  A student?

Or ‘other’, presently? The rest of the world races by unaware of you.  You may linger in your wilderness 30 days, a year, 40 years, or for a night.

“God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.” Deuteronomy 8:2

I don’t know about you; however I do not have a desire to experience the wilderness. But you know, sometimes we don’t have a choice. If we don’t choose the wilderness, it may be brought to us. Then it may be that we must stand in the Light, face the storms and strive to grow stronger.  And straighter.

Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it…ye shall know them by their fruits…every good tree bringeth forth good fruit…by their fruits ye shall know them” Matthew 7:14-20

Numerous souls have spent time in the wilderness. Think of those people you admire and long to understand, know or emulate. Among these, Mother Teresa, Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, the prophet Joseph Smith, and not least, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Each was familiar with the feeling of being alone. Each stepped out of pace apart from the rest of the world.

“Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness” Matthew 4:1

Each stood alone and is now known to us because she/he produced the fruit that served and blessed countless lives. Some temporally. Some spiritually. ONE eternally. Each learned their life’s purpose or mission and served her/his brothers and sisters as best they could-at home, in the community, abroad or universally.

By the way, superior to any other person, Jesus Christ still stands-at the right hand of our Father in heaven. Countless pay Him no mind at all. Millions upon millions pass Him by year after year never heeding His direction and not at all interested in seeking His truths.

“There shall be no other name  given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent.” Mosiah 3:17

To the casual observer He may not be recognized for Who He is. Today, resurrected and alive, He continues to serve and work in our behalf. He leads His true church in these latter days.

The power of His atoning sacrifice continues to bear fruit in obvious ways. Yet in season and when the time is ripe, He promises to produce and will bear fruit in ways that we cannot yet comprehend or imagine.

Have you found yourself feeling totally alone? What is the fruit you are meant to bear?