It wasn’t so long ago that I craved solitude – just give me an hour alone so that I could hear myself think. My place on the introvert-extrovert scale rests at about dead center, but as a stay at home mom, the constant verbal chatter of my children often pushed me into a desperate need for silence.
God sets the lonely in families. Psalm 68:6
When I was homeschooling my kids, activities like hiking with my binoculars at the ready to watch birds, swimming distance laps in the local pool, or reading engrossing fiction– all gave me that social break.
But now, it’s lonely time.
Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. Psalm 25:16.
Our second child is leaving home for college. The first one has been gone for almost 3 years. The youngest is busy with her senior year in high school and, as is proper, needs me less and less.
It’s time to transition to working outside the home, but I don’t belong to a workplace community yet. And so, the time I spend in the house is often too quiet.
This lonely feeling is an alert to pay attention to my interpersonal connections – to connect more deeply to the Lord who promises to be my truest friend.
A man of many companions may come to ruin but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24
And it’s time to reach out in friendship to my husband.
I will adjust.
It’s going to be all right.