Have you ever wished you could just get away from it all? I was able to get away two years ago and stay on Carolina Beach all by myself for a week. It was great, but it did get lonely, especially when I had no one with whom to share the sunrises. There is nothing wrong with wanting to seek solitude for a time. Even Jesus did. Sometimes we need to get away to pray, reflect and rest, which is what I did during my time away, but there is a difference between seeking solitude and isolating ourselves. Seeking solitude is generally temporary and for the purpose of being refreshed, whereas isolation is generally an effort to shut others out to avoid something difficult or painful and to engage in something that makes us feel good and takes our minds off of things— escaping from real life. Proverbs 18:1 says, “He that separateth himself seeketh his own desire and rageth against all sound wisdom.” Sometimes it starts off small and innocently, spending time engaged in an activity by ourselves for a couple of hours until it becomes most of the day or night. We might even reason that we are not alone, we have online friends. Although online friends are real people, if we neglect the people around us, we may eventually find ourselves disconnected and truly alone.
“It is not good to be alone, even in Paradise.” —Yiddish proverb
You have probably heard the saying, “There is safety in numbers.” A Nigerian proverb says, “As long as you stay in a group, the lion will stay hungry.” 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” Lions generally hunt by trying to remain covert, either by stalking or ambushing. They try to choose the closest and easiest prey, especially one that is separated from the rest of the herd. When hunting large prey, the female lionesses generally work together to surround the herd and try to isolate a single animal. The same is true of Satan. He knows we are more vulnerable when isolated. That’s part of the reason we are encouraged not to forsake getting together with others. (Hebrews 10:25) We need each other.
“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” —Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
We need each other. Someone needs you.
July 31st, 2013 at 6:02 am
Excellent post!! Take care and God Bless! 🙂 Kenny T
July 31st, 2013 at 7:28 am
Thank you, Kenny! Blessings to you, too! 🙂
July 31st, 2013 at 7:08 am
July 31st, 2013 at 7:28 am
Thank you, David! 🙂
July 31st, 2013 at 7:48 am
Thanks Rene! Great post and I will remember your words of wisdom.
July 31st, 2013 at 12:24 pm
Thank you, Katherine! 🙂
July 31st, 2013 at 8:41 am
This was perfect for me to read right now! I just had a conversation about how the boys are grown and on their own and Jim is overseas on his own so what’s my purpose in life now? I am looking into places to volunteer and be a blessing to others. Thanks for posting this.
July 31st, 2013 at 12:25 pm
As long as I’ve known you, Nancy, you’ve been a blessing to others, including me! Thank you! 🙂
July 31st, 2013 at 10:00 am
Great post Rene – It is true that we can become isolated and disconnected and find ourselfves alone, even in a crowd of people, sharing with one another is a good way to stay connected, even if it is only a smile or a laugh – remember that loneliness is a disease and companionship is the cure. 🙂
July 31st, 2013 at 12:32 pm
Yes, isn’t it interesting how we can feel so alone even in a crowd of people, usually because of some sort of lack of connection. I am reminded of a couple of quotes:
It is the individual who is not interested in his fellow men who has the greatest difficulties in life and provides the greatest injury to others. It is from among such individuals that all human failures spring. -—Alfred Adler
“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” —Dale Carnegie in How to Win Friends & Influence People
July 31st, 2013 at 4:18 pm
Love this Rene.
July 31st, 2013 at 5:54 pm
Thank you, Sandra! ((hugs))
July 31st, 2013 at 9:36 pm
Great post and so true. At times I do seek to get away for personal time with the LORD. But I also see my tendency to do it to “get away” from life. Thank you for this post and opening my eyes!
July 31st, 2013 at 11:26 pm
Me, too, Toni, so I have to be sober and vigilant and keep my eyes open as well. Thank you! 🙂
August 1st, 2013 at 3:02 pm
Great wisdom, Rene!
August 1st, 2013 at 3:47 pm
Thank you, Bill! 🙂
August 3rd, 2013 at 7:38 pm
What great and powerful words of wisdom we can find in His Word if we take the time to read it. Your post is reminding me of the importance to be in His Word daily. Blessings!
August 3rd, 2013 at 7:42 pm
Aww, thank you, Shelly! It is, indeed, amazing to discover things in the Bible we never knew was there. Blessings to you, too! 🙂
August 4th, 2013 at 2:57 pm
Yes! They are words of wisdom. One thing I really like about blogging is the community. We stand together, as a cord, in a strange way. We support and encourage one another in the Lord. Blessings to you Rene.
August 5th, 2013 at 8:03 am
Yes! I am so thankful for our blogging community and how we support, encourage and learn from each other. Blessings to you, too, Lisa! ((hugs))
August 26th, 2014 at 7:14 pm
Wow, I especially like that last line–somebody needs me?? Cool!
August 26th, 2014 at 9:19 pm
[chuckle] Of course somebody needs you! It is pretty cool, isn’t it?