Elvis crooned, “Are you lonesome tonight, do you miss me tonight, are you sorry we drifted apart?” Then I thought about the Beatles, “All the lonely people“, talking about lonely Eleanor Rigby and Father Mackenzie watching other folks be happy.
I did a search on songs with lonely in the title, there were hundreds! I also did a word search and had to laugh out loud at the description that came up on the Urban Dictionary: “An adjective describing one who finds him or her self looking up words such as lonely on urbandictionary.com because he or she misses his or her loved one, or has not yet found one to be named as such.”
I am not one that feels lonely, when I find a moment to myself I treasure it! I will admit to being nostalgic about the golden years gone by, but not particularly lonely. Wikipedia describes it this way: Loneliness is an unpleasant feeling in which a person experiences a strong sense of emptiness and solitude resulting from inadequate levels of social relationships.
But what is it to you?
I heard a lady say that she was feeling lonely because her husband was working so much, she wanted him to change so she could be happy, but then came to the realization that she was lonely for herself! I thought about that, is that it? When I look around in a crowd, I can almost spot the people who have a lonely heart, and most of the times they spot me because I am a soft touch and have a very tender heart for a person who seems ‘set apart’. Matthew 8:20 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”
Why does a person feel empty when they are in solitude? My personal opinion is they are lonely for a missing relationship with God. When Jesus went up into the mountain to have alone time, was He really alone? No, He was visiting with Father God. When I am by myself I have a running conversation with the Father; I pose questions, I explain why I do certain things that I do, I ask His advice and I pray for people that have told me their needs, and there are many of them.
We all need companionship, but we need the Lord.
Jeremiah 17:5 “Cursed is the strong one who depends on mere humans who thinks he can make it on muscle alone and sets God aside as dead weight he’s like a tumbleweed on the prairie, out of touch with the good earth. He lives rootless and aimless in a land where nothing grows.
If you’re “lonely tonight” maybe it’s because you have drifted apart from the Lord. You are loved!