On the Outside Looking In

I think that it is kind of interesting that the things that I feel the deepest are what I have the hardest things expressing at times. Today’s post is one of those things. I have started and deleted this post over and over.

A couple of weeks ago, I read a post on (in)Courage by Jennifer Schmidt called “Sometimes, I’m an Island.” As I read the post, I realized that Jennifer could have been talking about my life. Only the title would have to be “Most of the time, I’m an Island.”

For the majority of my life, I haven’t felt like I fit in. It started when I started school and to this day it is something that I still struggle with.

When watching other people interact, I often feel like I’m on the outside looking in.

But as a child I learned that there is one who loves and accepts me the way that I am. I learned that I fit with Him even when I don’t fit with anyone else.

He is teaching me that even though I enjoy my solitude and my privacy I need other people too.

The Bible says that it is not good for man to be alone (Genesis 2:?) and while I know that the Lord is talking about marriage between man and a woman in this passage. There is truth in this statement for singles and introverts too.

It is not good for us to isolate ourselves from others. We all need other people. We need community.

(Community is a word that has been showing up a lot in my world for the last several weeks.)

Sometimes isolation is good and needed. We need time to be still before the Lord, but we need others too.

By loving others we show God that we love Him.

And by working to create community with others we no longer have to feel like we are on the outside looking in.

 

2 Comment

  1. Love this. Spoke right to me as I often feel like this!!!!! Love reading your posts!!!!!!

    1. Thank you, Missy!

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