We are not alone. God created us for community. It is in times of isolation that we become acutely aware of that.
After creating Adam, Eve followed. Some may say that with Eve came trouble, but trouble came long before Eve. In fact, Adam was troubled without Eve. He searched high and low for his equal. And his Creator profoundly understood. After all, God is Trinity. Before there was anything else, there was relationship, relationship among the Trinity that is. And relationship is what makes the world go around. On this note, here are some simple observations:
· Being alone when we are sad, magnifies our sadness. Picture yourself being stranded alone on an island. Soon you’d be talking to trees and ants just for the sake of communication (albeit one-sided).
· Being with someone magnifies our joy. Shared joy multiplies, as odd as it sounds; after a major accomplishment, what would you like to do? Throw yourself a party of one?
Life without people is an odd couple, similar to faith without works or a fruit tree without fruit. Cherishing our loved ones, we get to share in their sorrow and happiness. That is something we do not want to trade with anything else in the world.
Unrealistic expectations can put us under a lot of pressure. Anxious minds are often fed by such unrealistic expectations. It’s the kind of stuff that keeps us up at night and has us restless throughout the day. The reality is we can’t be strong all the time. Everybody has weaknesses. As much as we need a mirror to comb our hair, we need other people to see our blind spots.
More than once, the book of Psalms paints a picture of distress essentially caused by loneliness. Lonely, we are at our weakest point. Prolonged loneliness almost always leads to self-destructive tendencies. We simply don’t fare well on our own. I believe this is one of the reasons why God created Adam and Eve. In His wisdom He said (Genesis 2:18):
“It is not good for the man to be alone, so I will create a companion for him, a perfectly suited partner.” *The Voice (VOICE)
God created more than one human being so that we have one another. And yet, there are no guarantees that there’ll be always people around to help us along. Human bonding only goes so far.
Humanity was not created self-sufficient. The human community is designed to stay in touch with the Trinity. Bonding with the Godhead, we are complete. It’s a circle that shouldn’t be broken. Nevertheless, ignoring our Creator will compromise this blessed circle, and failing human relationships make matters even worse. A circle twice broken represents the epitome of human isolation and misery.
God – being Three in One – is never lonely. Community comes from the Trinity and He is the first to know that community is essential. The question is can a badly bruised and broken circle be unbroken? Thankfully, the answer is yes. Jesus came to un-break our brokenness. Thanks to Him, we are back in touch. He is our finest promoter whose unfailing love picks up our broken pieces and makes us whole again.