It’s time for Five Minute Friday again! Five minutes of writing on a one word prompt. No editing. Just whatever comes out of our hearts. It’s amazing to see how just one word can draw out things that we’re already processing inside. Today’s word is “lonely,” so here we go!
As I thought about this word when it came up, I realized that it used to be a sad word to me but that it has lost most of its sadness at this current phase of life that I am in. If I’m honest, there are many days that I wish for the chance to feel lonely for just a few minutes. 🙂 The little voices that I love so much just never, ever stop, and sometimes I just wish for enough alone time that I could remember what it feels like to long for companionship, to long for people. I honestly haven’t felt that in a long time.
And I’m so thankful for that. So very thankful that God has placed me in this family, in this community. So even on those days when the chatter threatens my sanity, I think of those who are lonely and try to be thankful. It usually works.
Another reason that the word “lonely” leads me to thankfulness is that it is my loneliness that often leads me to draw closer to God. It’s when I feel lonely even though I am surrounded by people and voices that I realize how desperately I need connection with God, my Father and my friend. I realize how He is my very air and that no matter how many people there are in my world, they will never, ever be enough to fill that space that only He can fill. Loneliness is my God-given reminder of this.
So thank you, God, for the way you have filled my life to the brim so that I rarely, if ever, experience the loneliness that so many ache with. And thank you for giving me loneliness when I need it so that I will never forget that all the blessings you’ve poured into my life can never take your place.
Don’t forget to hop over to Desperate Homeschoolers, where we host a Five Minute Friday Kids’ Edition link-up each week! It is truly precious what these kiddos share (and I LOVE reading their comments to each other on the blogs!) I promise, you won’t be sorry if you hop over there. And please consider having your kids do their own five minutes of writing and link up with us!
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