I hid in the same place every time – our bedroom cupboard.
Reference: v.7 During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. (NIV Bible)
Explore: Although it's hard to believe, but when I was a child I was really quite shy. I was incredibly observant and noticed everything that went on, but I was well aware that I often went unnoticed. I can remember, when I was about five, playing a game of Hide and Seek with our older neighbours. I hid in the same place every time – our bedroom cupboard. When my older neighbour came to find me he opened up the bedroom cupboard and looked around, pretending not to see me curled up in a little ball on the floor. 'No one in here,' he said and closed the door again. For a while I thought I was so clever to have found such a great hiding place but after some time I got bored in the cupboard. I realised that it was lonely on my own and I wish that I hadn't have hidden quite so well! There are times in our lives when it's nice to be on our own, however there are times when it's nice to have some company.
Application: When Jesus was on this earth I can only imagine that He would have felt lonely. No one else really understood His calling and His purpose. He regularly had crowds of people around Him and yet people often missed the point of His message. People came and went but rarely did people notice Him for who He was. It would seem that even God looked at Him on earth but then just left Him there, like me in the bottom of the cupboard. But that is far from the truth. God heard the cry of Jesus and listened to His prayers. It doesn't mean that God took away Jesus' calling and His purpose, but He did hear Jesus and gave His life eternal purpose. Often we think that if we call out to God that He will take away all the hard stuff in our lives. But that's not true. He does hear us and see us, but He also allows the suffering to happen so that we too may be 'made perfect' in Him.
Prayer: Lord, often we feel alone and unheard. But You promise to always be there for us. Thank you for never leaving us alone. Give us the strength to endure the suffering so that we are 'made perfect' in You. Amen.
When do you feel lonely?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.