Single does not mean ALONE

I love road trips. Call me crazy, but I do! I love to just hop in the car and just drive. I’ll find somewhere to go, and just go. I love the open road, the rolled down windows, shuffle on Pandora and Starbucks….the thrill of it all is just so enjoyable!

A little while ago I found myself with a few days off and a conference not too far away….so what did I do? I hopped in the car and drove 7+ hours on a mini-adventure.

During the weekend conference, I took a fun day. I ate the most amazing breakfast at one of the hundred pancake houses there…mmmm buttery waffles with warm syrup. I walked down Main Street of Gatlinburg and, of course, bought some salt water taffy – nostalgia from my childhood.

On the way back I found a scenic route through the woods. I stopped a few times for shameless selfies, some pretty scenic shots and to just take it all in.

After a long and fun day, I decided on a restaurant for a good dinner.  It was at the dinner table that I realized something. All that day and for the whole trip, I had been ALONE. I hadn’t even realized it, but I was alone. Most of my trips are last minute, and I have learned that I keep pretty good company (haha) and go on most of my little road trips solo.

The funny thing was that I didn’t feel ALONE. I drove several hours, stayed in a hotel, attended a conference, went out site-seeing, went shopping, ate out, and thoroughly enjoyed the trip…all being by myself.

The cool thing about this walk with Christ is that even when you may look like you’re alone, you never really are!

Jesus said that we would never be alone because He would send the Holy Spirit to be with us, in us, for us and a direct connection between us and the Father. How amazing is that? So, really, the offer of the Holy Spirit is a declaration that He forever abolished loneliness. In him, we are never alone.

Maybe today you feel alone. Maybe there are constant reminders in your life that point to the fact you spend a lot of time on your own. If nothing else, but that you get up alone and go back to bed alone. But you’re not! God is right there with you, with all the love and companionship that you need. He cares about every mundane detail of your life, every high and every low.

He goes with you on your spontaneous road trips, he vegges with you when you’re a couch potato. He sees you. He knows you. He loves you. With him you are never alone.

I get that it won’t feel the same. I get that a desire to have a special someone, is a legit desire. But God can be a better friend to you than you may expect, if you’ll just let him. Then when “one day” comes, you’ll come with a seasoned relationship with Christ, which is what I call “butter” (the awesomeness that makes everything better).

I could have walked across that bridge, sad that I was alone and not taking a romantic ‘couple’ selfie. But instead, because I knew he was with me, I wasn’t sad at all. And you don’t have to be either. Just adjust your perspective to the ‘more’ that you already have in Him.

Acknowledge him. Invite him into your day, every day. Bring him into the conversation of your soul and the process of your thoughts.

I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you…
Hebrews 13:5-6 MSG

#SavoringSingle because I am not Alone!

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in this with you girl,
Shelley

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