“…And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20 NIV )
Another sob racked my nine-year-old body but a puddle of tears had soaked my pillow, muffling my cry. It was another three day weekend away from my mom and the comfort of my home. I was visiting my dad’s house like I did every weekend, but this weekend was especially hard because it was the monthly long weekend; a day longer than all the other weeks. This morning I woke to the familiar heartache of being homesick and lonely, feelings that plagued me almost every time I came to stay in a place so different from my real home.
In that despairing moment, I had forgotten what Jesus said. The Bible, His letter to us, says that He is with me to the end of the age. That means every second of the day He is inside me comforting me, urging me, and reminding me of the truth. He is a constant companion to my heart. He never leaves me just because I forgot what He said and He never grows tired of helping me through my darkest moments. He is forever with me.
There are still lots of times that I feel alone. But I remember that I have a constant friend who will stick by me no matter what. Other friends will come and go at different times in my life, but God never changes His affection for me. When I start to get that empty feeling in the pit of my stomach from being homesick or lonely, I remind myself that I am not alone. I don’t have to feel lonely or homesick because God himself is my best friend and He is always with me!
Maybe you feel alone in a big world or maybe you’ve been deserted by someone you were depending on. Remember Jesus is your constant friend. Develop a deep friendship with the only One who will never make you feel lonely.
Aimee Lynch is a homeschooled high-school student in Gaithersburg MD. She has a heart for children whose parents are divorced because she grew up in a single-parent home after her own parents divorced when she was five. Her blog, allfilledup.wordpress.com, is a place where she seeks to encourage other kids in difficult situations. In what little free time she has, she enjoys gardening, reading, getting involved in various youth projects, taking walks on the beach, and writing articles. (read more…)