“Alone” – Time To Act by Steve Martin
“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, NKJV
My good wife Laura Jean (aka Laurie) really likes the TV show “Alone”, shown on the History channel for over four seasons now. I believe her main enjoyment is watching them separately overcome the challenges they face, day after lonely day, and not the time being off by themselves for weeks at a time. (For one of her main passions is to be with her children and grandchildren, and of course, her husband!)
Each season of the show typically starts off with 10 people, men and women, dropped off by boat or aircraft in some out-of-place secluded land, keeping at least a mile or more apart from one another, alone, to see who can survive the longest and win the top prize. They are permitted to choose a limited number of tools or instruments of survival to take with them, in order to build a make-shift shelter and to enable them to gather the natural food, fish, or animal. Generally, the winner can go 50-70 days in the wilderness, again, all alone. The ones who drop out (“tap out”) before the others primarily do it for one main reason – they no longer can stand to be alone, missing their family and loved ones.
We are not meant to be alone.
We were not created to be separate from one another, without having family, community, or being near one another, experiencing the same intended bonds that the Eternal Father shares with His Son and the Holy Spirit. It is because of Him, God the Father, having in His design to share His desires for extended family and friends, that He created us in the beginning.
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us…” Ephesians 2:4, NASU
And then out of His love, He gives us one another to share in it.
“Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, NASU
During these times of pandemic, when, in the attempt to keep people separated and apart from others, proclaiming it to be the “safe and best way”, many so kept in separation and even isolation end up being worse off than if they were given times of being together with others. I am not a psychiatrist or have any medical background and education in that field, but knowing the plan of the Lord in His Word, to provide family and community, this is just another way the enemy of our soul tries to isolate and discourage so many. That then can lead to worse results than the sickness itself.
There are times when we are called to be alone, as did Jesus (Yeshua) went He went in the early morning hours, or stayed up through the night, to spend apart from the disciples, and the people who sought out His provision in healing or food. And yet He was not alone, for He was always with His Father.
“At about that same time he climbed a mountain to pray. He was there all night in prayer before God.” Luke 6:12-13, THE MESSAGE
We read where He did this on several occasions, as He sought time to be with His Father. “Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side to Bethsaida, while He Himself was sending the crowd away. After bidding them farewell, He left for the mountain to pray.” Mark 6:45-46, NASU
We have been made in the image of God the Father, to share with His family, and the family of God, who call upon His Name. As these troubling times press in on us, especially causing isolation, separation, and keeping “socially distanced” (I prefer socially fellowshipping), we must do what we can to keep connected to one another. Do not let the enemy or whom he uses to lie to you, attempting to keep you away from others.
At times we choose to be alone, in quietness and moments with the Lord. But the other times we need each other, for encouragement, support, and lifting one another help as we press on into His full plans and purposes.
And I encourage you to not just wait for another to seek you out, but go out of your way to reach out to those who need to hear from you, and receive the care and concern you can give to them. To have a friend you need to be a friend. Most likely you may need to take the first step in their direction.
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:23-25, NASB
We are not meant to be alone. Our Father created us to be with Him, and one another in family and community. He will make a way to help us do just that with one another, if we ask Him to be with us. It is time to act on His Word.
Ahava and shalom,
Steve Martin, Love For His People Founder/President
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Time To Act #24 – in the year of our Lord 9.11.2020 – “Alone” Friday, 6:15 am in Charlotte, NC USA