Alone in the Crowd

This time of year many people are excitedly running around decorating and planning activities and parties. Their time is spent looking at lists and deciding what to get for that cousin or this aunt. Sometimes it is very easy to overlook those who are lonely. In fact we may not even realize, they are alone in the crowd.

Ah. Did I just describe you? Are you that lonely person hiding in the crowd. Sure there are a lot of people all around. Your family. Your friends. I know. I’ve been there.

Maybe you feel like you simply don’t fit in. You try to go to that party or you go to that family gathering. Then again maybe this year you are considering not going at all. Would anyone even notice that you are missing this year?

You go on your computer and take a look at your email. No one wrote you a personal note just to say, “Hi! I’ve been thinking about you.” It used to be special to receive a note in the mail. Now it would even be special to receive a friendly message in your inbox.

Then you go to your favorite social media site. Is it Facebook, Twitter, or Google+? You sit at your computer or stare at your phone and watch the endless line of chit chat taking place. Everyone is buzzing around with holiday cheer.

Look at that family picture. Oh look, they saw Santa. Christmas parade? That is a lot of food!

Everyone has something going on. You may wonder, “would anyone notice if my internet went down and I couldn’t post for a month or even a year? Would they notice if all I said was ‘Merry Christmas’. What if they don’t see those two little words among all the pictures?”

And then you found this post speaking just to you. Do you know you are special?

You. Are. Special.

Perhaps no one realizes you are lonely. Have you been hiding your loneliness behind that smile? Wipe your tears now. I have good news for you.

You are not alone.

Let me share a story with you. Many many many years ago there was a man named Elijah. He was sent to deliver a message to a king. The king and queen didn’t like the message and sent an army to kill the messenger.

Elijah hid in a cave and became very depressed. He was all alone. No one was left. All of the people he knew had turned from God. And the people he tried to share God’s message with want to kill him.

Then God told Elijah to stand on the top of a mountain.

First there was a strong wind. God wasn’t in the strong wind.

Then there was an earthquake. He wasn’t in the earthquake.

Then there was a fire. He wasn’t in the fire.

Then suddenly God appeared… in a still small voice.

You read that right…  a. still. small. voice.

God didn’t make a loud announcement and point Elijah out to the 7,000 people that were still following Him. He simply, quietly spoke to Elijah.

God may not be revealing Himself boldly or loudly right now. Perhaps He wants you to stop and listen carefully to His still small voice calling out to you.

“You’re not alone.”

“You are special.”

He knows how many hairs there are on your head.

He knows everything about you. Even those feelings you hide deep down inside, He knows. He really cares about you!

God is calling out to you. All He asks is for you to stop and listen.

He will never leave you nor forsake you. That is real commitment.

Are you listening to His still small voice speaking to you? Do you know someone that needs to hear this message? Are there others in your life that are lonely just like you? 

They may be too busy hiding in the crowd to hear God gently beckoning.

Perhaps you can be the messenger that delivers God’s message of love in a still small voice to them.

stillsmallvoice This is Day 26 of 31 Days Building Commitment based on my free book “Don’t Quit“.

If you know someone that is lonely and needs this message, feel free to share this post with them. If you have shown God’s love to someone or had His love shown to you please share in the comments. I would love to hear about it.

~~ Anastacia ~~

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About Anastacia Maness

Anastacia Maness is a preacher's wife, homeschooling mother of 6 blessings, and writer. When she's not busy counting her blessings she's writing about them right here on her blog, encouraging and strengthening families.

10 thoughts on “Alone in the Crowd

    • Anastacia Maness

      Thank you, Kathleen. Yes, there are so many ways that people can be lonely around us without us even realizing it. I think a little kindness to everyone we come in contact with will ensure that we not overlook those that are hiding their loneliness.
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  1. Katina Vaselopulos

    Beautiful post Anastacia! You have grown so much this past year!

    Alone and Lonely…similar words with different meanings.

    Alone denotes peace and quiet.
    Lonely brings to mind feelings of desperation, fear, pain, seclusion.

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    • Anastacia Maness Post author

      Thank you, Katina!

      I always thought of alone as being by one’s self without anyone around. Although I realize you cannot technically be alone in a crowd sometimes we can feel like it. I guess it is that feeling of loneliness that causes us to think we are alone. But we are never truly alone.

      Thanks for pointing out those differences. You are right. They are two different words. :)
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