Two Fake Facts I Believed For Too Long
I love to journal.
I’ve been writing since I was a preteen. It used to be more of a “Dear Diary” type of thing 😉 but as time went on it grew into prayer time between me, God and a spiral notebook. I journal each morning… grab my coffee, head to my spot, pick up my notebook and bible and start talking to God.
One day during my usual routine I had a lightbulb moment.
It was a particularly difficult season of my life when I was battling a lot of identity issues. I wrote two sentences that I’d written many times before but this time they caught my eye. I wrote this… “God, the fact is that I feel alone.” I read it again… “The fact is that I feel.”
God did what He does best and shined some light on my warped belief …Just because I feel a certain way does not make it a fact. I am not alone. I know this! 🙂 This is something I know but completely forgot in the moment. I’m never alone.
Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be afraid for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
For me, feelings of loneliness usually occur when I’m weary, tired, and drained. I start talking to myself a lot during these seasons asking questions like, “Where is everyone to pick me up when I’m down? Where is everyone to encourage me?” (Insert a Princess with her hands on her hips.) “I need help!” (Insert a Princess with her arms waving frantically above her head.)
I felt alone but I wasn’t alone. My mind was worn out and my perception simply was distorted. Suddenly this verse came to mind:
But David strengthened himself in the Lord. 1 Samuel 30:6.
I knew I needed to encourage myself in the Lord. I needed to get myself and my problems off my mind and start thanking God for the countless blessings He’s given me. Sometimes we just need to pause and remember that God is always with us. He always has been and He always will be.
The smartest and first thing you need to do is run to Jesus when you feel alone. Don’t run to people to fill you up. Trust me- it doesn’t work. It is always better to let God lift you first.
It was now time for me tackle the second sentence I wrote in my journal. “The fact is that I feel misunderstood.” … “No one gets me. No one is listening to me” … But then I remembered these words:
Whoever loves God is known by God. 1 Corinthians 8:3
God knows my every thought. Psalm 139:2
God fully understands us. He created us- wired our brains to work the way they do. God completely gets us.
What I’ve realized is that these two fake facts have one common denominator. They both lead to isolation. The enemy loves isolation. He loves it when Christians sit and focus on their problems and who wronged them. When we’re in solitude it’s hard to have a good defense against the enemy.
Let me encourage you. I have felt alone and I have felt misunderstood. These feelings are real and powerful. I can relate. But they are not facts. 🙂 We can acknowledge our feelings but we must make sure that we don’t categorize them as truth when they aren’t. This is why I’m so passionate about memorizing scripture. When we know what the Word of God says we know who we really are in Christ… Never alone and completely understood.
//Lord, I pray over each person reading this that they sense your presence all day long. I pray they feel understood by you, loved by you, and connected to you. Thank you for proving through your Word that we are never alone and are never misunderstood by you!
Here are a few more verses to debunk these two fake facts:
But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength,
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
Cast all your anxiety on God because He cares about you. 1 Peter 5:7