To me, it’s perhaps the ultimate irony of our present culture- social media should theoretically make us more connected than ever before, yet loneliness is on the rise! Folks smarter than me are observing this, and getting a handle on why. Some say it’s because we’ve substituted deep, authentic relationships for social media “friends”, others say seeing what other people are up to makes us feel like we’re constantly missing out. I’d say it’s that and a whole lot more.
This week is Vacation Bible School, and I love that we’re addressing this in a very real way. The take home point from today was basically that when you are lonely, Jesus rescues you. Notice that I didn’t say “if” you get lonely, but “when”. Loneliness hits all of us. And knowing this, Jesus acts.
The visual today was of a life vest. When you are struggling, a life vest doesn’t magically yank you out of trouble, but instead comes to meet you in the midst of it. In a similar way, Jesus doesn’t just pull you out, he dives in with you.
Jesus pledges “with you” promises all over the Bible. He’s proven Himself to be true by going all the way to the cross to prove He is “with us”. And that “with us” reality continues today, as He is with us in His Word, in His body and blood, through people, and in so many other ways.
When you are lonely, I pray you feel and know Jesus diving in to be with you. He is.