The Upper Room devotional reflection for Saturday, November 27, 2021 comes to us from Jesse Cantu of Texas
13 Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones. 14 But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me.” 15 “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! 16 See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me. 17 Your children hasten back, and those who laid you waste depart from you. 18 Lift up your eyes and look around; all your children gather and come to you. As surely as I live,” declares the LORD, “you will wear them all as ornaments; you will put them on, like a bride.
Isaiah 49:13-18 NIV
I knew no other students in my new sixth-grade class. I cried every day after school, and I felt alone, scared, and empty. I begged my mom not to make me go and even asked her to homeschool me. I was afraid of being alone all day. One day I was determined that I was not going to school. After my mom dropped me off at school, I ran away.
I planned to go sit outside my house all day since no one would be home. As I walked home, my mom found me. She asked me what was wrong. When I told her everything, she told me that I really was not alone. She explained that God was with me and had a plan for me. I decided to go to school with a mind open to God’s plan, and I ended up making two friends who remain my closest friends to this day. Even when we feel the most alone, God is with us. It is impossible for us to be alone if God is in our hearts. When we feel scared and alone, we can choose to focus on God’s presence and plan for us. We can take refuge in Christ and let him be our guide.
Those who feel lonely
Thought for the Day:
God’s presence in my life means I am never truly alone.
Loneliness is one of the most difficult experiences in our lives. Sometimes, we might feel isolated, certainly alone, and often scared. Sometimes, that isolation can even make us withdraw even more because we can’t seem to find a way out.
But Jesse’s mom points all of us to a way to overcome that isolation. We can trust God to go out with us, even when we are frightened and want to hide away from the world. We can rely on God who is always with us, as we find the courage to reach out and find someone who will help us feel less alone.
I invite you to consider moments when you have felt alone, and God has empowered you to overcome that fear, moving out into God’s world, trusting that someone will help you feel included.
Loving God, help us always to trust in you and be open to your plans for us. Remind us of your presence and guidance when we are lonely. Amen.