Devotional Readings

Lonely No Longer

Since you were precious in My sight, you have been honored, and I have loved you; therefore I will give men for you, and people for your life. Isaiah 43:4.

Clara Anderson was a maid in San Francisco. She was a very gentle woman and very conscientious. One day, after having worked for the same employer for 15 years, she disappeared. She seemed to have just dropped out of sight. Then miraculously, after days of searching, the city’s social services department found her.

Clara was in the process of starving herself to death in a mountain hideout outside of San Francisco. She said, “I want to die, leave me alone.” When a reporter interviewed her, Clara said, “Look, nobody cares about me. I am just a maid, just one of thousands in society doing menial tasks. My life is of no value. I have no close relatives, no family, no friends. I’m so lonely that I don’t want to live. There’s no one I consider close to me, nobody I can talk to, nobody I can open my heart to. So just let me die, because nobody really cares.”

There is good news for all the Clara Andersons of life. Somebody loves you more than you will ever realize. When God created you, He threw away the pattern. There is no one else like you in the universe. When the genes and chromosomes came together to form the unique biological structure of your personality, God made a one-of-a-kind you. You are special to Him. If He loses you there is no way to replace you. God looks at you and says that you are precious. You are honorable. You are loved.

“He cares for each one as if there were not another on the face of the earth” (The Desire of Ages, p. 480) and “He watches over His children with a love that is measureless and everlasting” (The Ministry of Healing, p. 482).

On those days when you feel alone, remember that the Creator of the universe loves you with an immense love. In those moments of your life when you feel like all hope is gone, remember that the Creator of the universe is your best friend. He is committed to your eternal happiness. He is interested in every aspect of your life. He longs to fill your life with a sense of purpose.

His plans for your life are bigger, greater, and higher than you can possibly imagine. Choose today to come out of your dark dungeon of despair into the bright, warm sunshine of His love. Simply put, He cares. Let Him fill your heart, and rejoice.

from On Solid Ground
Mark Finley | Review & Herald (2003)
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