Handling Loneliness in Quarantine | By MaShayla Hern

“I am with you always, even unto the end of the world,” Matthew 28:20 (ASV)

Jesus’ final promise to His beloved disciples crossed my mind right when my walls crumbled down and the illusion of alienation rose within me.

Thankfully, our Savior gave us the heads up that our life as believers would not be excluded from the pain grounded in the world around us. However, He ensured that those trials would not be faced on our own.

It can be easy to let the enemy lie to us about our worth, image, value to God and to others, and, in turn, allow us to feel alone. Loneliness certainly is an emotion we are all familiar with from time to time, but why do we oftentimes allow misguided lies to trap us in a painful desolation?

The fact of the matter is, there are usually people around us who do show their love, attention, and care; still, an unshakeable cloud of insignificance hovers above us.

With a worldwide pandemic filtering social interaction, solitude is a common feeling today. And during my own time in self-isolation, I experienced, suffered and recovered from the lie of loneliness.

Having moved to a foreign country 9,000 miles from home with only a few friends to fellowship with, I realized that my cause of emotional seclusion only grew when I failed to let the presence of God fill in the areas that no one else was able and allow Him to clear any doubt of my worth and belonging.

Being grounded in Jesus, seeking His presence, and accepting His love provides us with enough security in our belief that we are seen, heard, and accepted by the God who will never leave us or forsake us. With that in mind, loneliness has no place to linger within our hearts.

“If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31 (NKJV)

Who on earth is given the power to diminish what God instills within us? As a child of God, you are chosen, you are accepted, redeemed and forgiven. You have been made an heir of Heaven and sealed by His Spirit.

In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul makes it clear that we’ve been chosen in Christ even before the foundation of the world! That God Almighty accepts us enough to give us His grace through His beloved Son.

You and I have been handpicked by our Heavenly Father. With that, we are delighted in and sought after by the same God Who spoke the universe into existence with no motivation other than love and generosity.

When we fall into the trap of lies that tell us we are alone and doomed to be left out by those we love, we must turn back to the only One who can perfectly keep the promise of never forsaking and fully-knowing and loving us.

The lie of loneliness is not only a common misunderstanding, but one that has no room to grow or affect our minds as long as we remember Whose we are and what that means.

May the LORD remind you how fearfully and wonderfully made you are during lonesome times, and always remember, He is only a prayer away.

“Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’” Isaiah 58:9 (NKJV)

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