Every morning as I travel to work, I see two little girls walking to their bus stop. This may seem insignificant to some, but to me it’s a beautiful sight because one of the girls appear to be around seven or eight years old and the other looks to be around four or five. When I first began to see them I thought, “That’s a big responsibility for the older girl”. And then I thought, “What a gift for the younger girl”! Because the older girl moves the younger one to the inside – along the curb, so that she is away from the street. And she walks on the outside as they begin their trek to the stop. They are constantly talking; about what, I don’t know, but the younger one seems quite inquisitive!
It has to be a good feeling to have someone to walk with you and talk to you every morning as you start your day. To have someone who cares about you; to protect you as you travel the road – gives you a sense of safety. The Lord awaits us daily to have conversation and to journey with us, not only at the beginning of the day – but throughout the day!
I know what it’s like to be protected and cared for by a sibling. I know how secure I feel even across the “50” threshold, when I’m with my family. It’s a sense of security to have people who love and protect you around, on a regular basis. This may not be everyone’s experience. And while I love my family there have been, and even sometimes now, periods that I have feelings of loneliness. Not because people aren’t present, but sometimes because of my circumstances. So I retreat, only to find myself experiencing a need to be cared for. Sometimes I need someone to move me away from the proverbial oncoming traffic to the inside so that I won’t be harmed by what lies ahead.
The beauty of this part of my journey is that I am learning to give voice to those feelings when I need to feel safe, secure and significant. I’m also learning to be grateful for the circle of people that God is surrounding me with; those who don’t see me as weak when I need to be loved, but appreciates my humanity and honesty in stating what I need. What’s even better than that, I have learned to not only depend on my love ones to meet those longings. I have learned to cry out to the Lord and trust that the word is true in Deuteronomy 31:6 when it says that the Lord won’t leave me nor forsake me.
So, if you’re feeling lonely or in need of some TLC (tender loving care) ~ the Lord wants to communion with you. Allow yourself to have some time with God and give voice to what you’re feeling. He wants to travel with you to every stop in your life. Allow the Lord to journey with you as you start your day. Enjoy Him as you travel the roads of life.
Meditation Scripture: Deuteronomy 31:6The Message (MSG)
6 “Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.”
Take good care of you,