"Alone But Not Lonely" Author: Shai Johnson
Shai Johnson- Author of The Magical Butterfly
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9 NKJV).
She was so much better at being alone; being alone came more naturally to her. She led a life of deliberate solitude, and if occasional loneliness crept in, she knew how to work her way out… Or even better, how to sink in and absorb its particular comforts. – Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
This quote spoke volumes to me as I remembered my 8th grade thru 12th grade school years. I was bullied a lot and at one point I just did not want to live. I remember one Saturday morning my parents were out the house and I just felt really bad about what I was going through. I remember asking God, “Why can’t I have some really good friends that treat me right?” I called my mom and my parents immediately came home. They talked with me, and then prayed for me. After that, I began to be content with being alone.
Most people think that just because I am now 21, I should have friends and be out on the weekends having a ‘life’. At one time I did want to be that person. I was never an outgoing person and I even thought there was a problem with me as to why I was not hanging out with my peers. One night, I felt God in my Spirit and he told me to just be myself. Psalm 4:3 tells me, “But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.” Knowing this truth gives me comfort and allows me to be content with being alone.
Although I am physically alone without my peers, I am never alone because God is always there. Now I am not saying I dislike people or do not want to hang out with friends. I am just cautious and I trust God to bring the right Godly friends into my life. Just because someone sees me alone does not mean I am lonely. I always have God there. He is my best friend.
Dear family, future friends, future husband…I am content with being alone, but that does not mean I will not be there for you when you need me.
Father God, I thank you for being my comforter, counselor, healer, and my friend. I ask that you continue to be all that and so much more in my life. I lift up others who are hurting because they think that they are alone. I pray others feel the same kind of love that you have shown me. Amen
Bio: Shai Johnson is a diehard creative who is artsy and likes a little bling every now and then. She is fun-loving, a student, an author, a lover of God and she is not alone!