Posted on April 8, 2019 by Erin Culleny in Freedom Fighters
I had the privilege of being on our America’s Keswick Israel trip, and my brain is on overload trying to process all of the things we saw and heard during our time in the Holy Land.
It was particularly meaningful to be there at this time of the year especially thinking about the events leading up to Palm Sunday and Easter.
One of the spots we visited was the Garden of Gethsemane. We all had time to walk through the garden and to think about the time that Jesus spent there with his disciples prior to His arrest.
We don’t know for certain exactly where He was in the garden, but as I was walking around, I was reminded that Jesus at that moment was alone when He prayed to His Father.
“Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”
He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” (Matthew 26:36-39).
Have you ever been in a crowd of people and yet felt very much alone? Has there ever been a time in your life where you were literally all alone geographically – like you are there and there isn’t anyone else around for miles?
When I was 9 years old, I was a camper at Camp Sandy Hill. I happened to be there for the last week of their summer season. My parents were coming to pick me up on the last day of the week.
I can remember this as if it were yesterday. Everyone left including the staff. I was literally the last person on the campus except for the caretaker. I was in a state of panic. I remember walking to the very end of the horse pasture and sitting on the fence wondering if I really was going to ever be picked up. It was a horrible feeling. I literally felt deserted and all alone.
When Jesus met with His disciples in the Upper Room, He told them this: Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. (Luke 9:36)
And you know that there may be those times that you and I FEEL alone, But guess what? WE ARE NEVER ALONE!!! He is always there with us. The Bible is filled with promises to remind you of this truth:
“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deut. 31:16
“And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” Deut. 31:8
“For He, Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
Next time you are feeling all alone – grab your Bible and underscore these verses. And if you use Biblegateway.com, you will find many more.
I am so thankful for the assurance that I am NEVER alone – He is always with me!!! Amen?
Relentlessly pursuing Christ,
Bill Welte, President/CEO
Written by Bill Welte: Written by Bill Welte, President/CEO of America’s Keswick: Bill has been married to his childhood sweetheart for 40+ years and has four married kids and 11 amazing grandkids. He loves music and is an avid reader.
Think About This: Intimacy with God is both the antidote to loneliness and protection from it. Charles Stanley
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” – Revelation 21:5