Have you ever noticed how often in Scripture people were called to walk alone? How God would set people apart for a specific purpose? Ask them to do things that seemed odd or crazy?
We read the accounts of Moses, Jonah, Esther, Abraham, Joseph, Jeremiah, etc. and rather gloss over the day-to-day realities of their lives. We read their entire life story in less than an hour and see it all neatly wrapped up at the end. In reality, they lived it for years and, in some cases, decades. Some of them walked relatively alone in the midst of a hostile culture for quite some time. Others were surrounded by people who did not understand their calling or commitment to God.
In our world today, simple living with a focus on faithfully following Christ is sometimes going to look like that. We approach life differently. We see the world differently, We don’t fit in. Truth be told, we don’t want to fit in because it would require compromise that is unacceptable. So we strike out on our own path, faithful to Christ.
Except remember this important truth while you contemplate what it means to walk alone.
You aren’t alone.
If you belong to Him, Jesus is interceding for you at the right hand of the Father. The Holy Spirit indwells you and leads you. The Father watches over all of your life. You are never alone. It might feel like it, but we aren’t called to walk by feelings. We’re called to walk by faith in light of the truth.
I can also say with confidence that while you may not know anyone in real life who lives like you do in earnest (but imperfect) faithfulness to Christ, you are not alone. There are many of us who are choosing to live simply and follow Christ faithfully. Sometimes you have to put forth a little effort to find these kindred spirits in Christ, but we are there. Just as I know you are there even if I don’t know you.
You are not alone.