linking with Five Minute Friday at katemotaung.com – write for five minutes on a given prompt, which today is “alone”
Alone is a place I have known too well- a place where it seems that no-one knows, no-one understands, no-one cares- a place where secrets stay hidden, where the fear of rejection or being branded “crazy” causes you to hide in the darkness, where staying in the shadows seems like the only way to be safe.
Honestly, I’ve started this post about four times and taken way over five minutes already because I didn’t want it to get too dark. But the truth is: alone is a dark place to be.
However, it’s also the place where I discovered that I’m never alone- where I found I could talk to God- the only one who knew, the only one who understood- but who cared and loved and had the power to rescue. It’s the place where I learned that my hope is in him alone and that I could trust him. I’m not sure if I’d have learned that lesson elsewhere- so while “alone” was unpleasant, he has worked it for good. And with Jesus, “alone” is not the place where we need to stay.
“In Christ alone all hope is found”- hope for healing and restoration, hope for forgiveness and freedom from shame, hope that I could come into the light and be accepted, hope for connection with others, hope for a purpose and a future and life in all its fullness.
And as I knew him more, gradually I could step out of “alone” and into “in Christ alone”.
This was the song at my baptism, and in many ways the song for my life. With Christ we don’t have to be alone, and everything is “in Christ alone”.