Anne Hathaway is a successful actress, born in 1998 in the USA (Wikipedia).   She has played in several Disney and other well-known films, and in 2008 won several awards, including best actress; and her later performances have earned her fantastic reviews and several accolades, including the Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA.   She appeared on a list of the world’s most beautiful people in 2006.

Despite this, she says:

“Loneliness is my least favourite thing about life.   The thing that I’m worried about is just being alone without anybody to care for, or someone who will care for me.”

King David is one of the most important figures in Jewish history, defeating Goliath, reigning as king of Israel for 40 years, establishing the walled city of Jerusalem and bringing in the Ark of the Covenant, writing most of the Psalms and being the bloodline from which Christ Jesus came.

Despite his greatness, even he wrote:

“[Lord] turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.   The troubles of my heart are multiplied; bring me out of my distresses.”

Psalm 25:16-17

Elijah, probably thought to be one of the greatest prophets of all time, after working a miracle in defeating the prophets of Baal, was rejected and abandoned, isolated and left alone in a cave in the middle of nowhere.   Despite God’s provision of food and shelter, Elijah wanted to die!   He felt abandoned, even by God.   (Elijah’s story is found in 1 Kings 17 – 2 Kings 2.)

He cried out to God, and there followed a wild windstorm that ripped the rocks away from the mountain side; then there was an earthquake that shook the ground around him; then there was a fierce fire that blazed around him.   But it was only in the soft, still, quiet aftermath, that Elijah heard God’s gentle whisper.

Les Carter, counsellor and author, wrote (https://bible.org/seriespage/lesson-17-lessons-loneliness):

“Loneliness is a feeling of separation, isolation, or distance in human relations.   Loneliness implies emotional pain, an empty feeling, and a yearning to feel understood and accepted by someone.”

Is that you today?   Are you crying out to be understood and accepted?   Are you crying out to God, right now, shouting, “Where are you?   Why do I feel like this?”

Does your life feel as though you are in a windstorm, or that everything is shaking around you, or that you are in a fierce fire of frustration that is blazing around you?   You see, when we are lonely, we tend to try to compensate for the separation, isolation or distance by idle chatter; or we compensate with over activity; or we fill our mind with all sorts of stuff, such as mindless tv.   And then we wonder why we don’t hear from God.

STOP!   Stop right now!

God isn’t in the wind, He isn’t in the earthquake, He isn’t in the fire; He isn’t in the idle chatter, He isn’t in the activity, He isn’t in the mindless stuff that fills our mind.

It’s only in the soft, still, quiet that Elijah heard God’s gentle whisper!

He is in the still, quiet moments of your mind.   You have to be still, you have to be quiet, to hear His gentle whisper.

By all means, shout out and cry out to God:

“[Lord] turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.   The troubles of my heart are multiplied; bring me out of my distresses.”

But then – be still, be quiet, and be patient; and you, too, will hear God’s gentle whisper.