The other day I heard Alone Again, Naturally on the car radio. It was a song made popular by Gilbert O’Sullivan in 1972, the year I graduated from high school. It was one of those songs that I had claimed as my own, one that resonated inside me, expressing the feelings of my heart. Have a listen.
Shattered … cut into little pieces … broken-hearted … alone again, naturally.
Until I heard this song again, I’d forgotten what it was like to feel so alone. I’m sure part of it was teenage angst, but I felt that way more than once as an adult, too, convinced that there was not one person on this planet that understood me or truly loved me.
The sad fact is that it’s usually true. As much as we may be loved by someone else, they never really know our deepest heart, that place inside that we can’t express, even to ourselves. And that’s a very lonely thing to realize.
I’m sure the human condition has not changed substantially since 1972. And I’m sure there are more modern songs that express these same feelings.
And I’m equally sure why this is no longer an issue for me. Oh, I still have days where I feel isolated from other people by bridges that somehow just can’t be crossed. I still have days where it feels like the world is crumbling down on my head.
But I’m equally certain that I am no longer alone to face the trials that come my way. Should every person I know abandon me, I will still not be alone.
And this is why. In 1994 I asked Jesus Christ to be my Lord and Savior. I clearly remember the moment when the Holy Spirit came to live in me. It felt like a gossamer-thin shawl was laid gently over my shoulders by a loving hand.
When I became His, I learned through experience that He would always be with me. And then I learned that Jesus promised the same. I encourage you to take the same step. Turn to Jesus, and never be alone again, naturally.
And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying,
“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I commanded you;
and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”