This is your secret to overcoming loneliness …

“This is your secret to overcoming loneliness: Fix your eyes on Him. People suggest lots of prescriptions: get busy, get involved in your church and community, do things for others, find a friend, join a small group — no, no! Not first!

First in your loneliness, draw from Jesus. See how He drew and drew from His Father, His ever-flowing Source of all love and comfort and hope and pleasure and fullness:

Very early in the morning, when it was still dark, Jesus got up . . . and prayed (Mark 1:35).

He even deliberately sought aloneness, for the best togetherness of all:

Crowds of people came to hear him . . . but Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed (Luke 5:15-16).

You do the same. Sit at His feet, and spread out your loneliness before Him. Apologize! Admit you’ve been fixing your eyes on yourself — no wonder.

He is complete in the Father, and He says you are complete in Him (Colossians 2:9-10). He — and only He — is full of fullness for you. When, humanly speaking, you feel all alone, your heart can still be happy and satisfied: You are complete in Him.

Though my father and mother forsake me,
the Lord will receive me (Psalm 27:10).”

-from p.30 of “Fix Your Eyes On Jesus” by Anne Ortlund.


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