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“…And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:20
Another sob racked my nine-year-old body. A puddle of tears already soaked the pillow beneath my head that served to muffle the sound. It was another three day weekend away from my mom and the comfort of my home. I was visiting my dad’s house like I did every weekend, but this weekend was especially hard because it was the monthly long-weekend – a day longer than all the other weeks. This morning I had woken to the familiar heart-ache of being homesick and lonely, feelings that plagued me almost every time I came to stay in this place that was so different from my home.
In that moment I had forgotten what Jesus said. In the Bible, His letter to us, He said that He is with me to the end of the age. That means that every second of the day he is inside me comforting me, urging me, and reminding me of the truth. He is a constant companion to my heart. He never leaves me just because I forgot what He said, and he never grows tired of helping me through my darkest moments. He is forever with me.
There are still lots of times when I feel alone. But now I know that I have a constant friend who will stick by me no matter what. Other friends will come and go at different times in my life, but God never changes his affection for me. When I start to get that empty feeling in the pit of my stomach from being homesick or lonely, I remind myself that I am not alone. I don’t have to feel lonely or homesick because God himself is my best friend and he is always with me!
Maybe you feel alone in a big world, or maybe you have just been deserted by someone you were depending on. Remember that Jesus is your constant friend. Develop your friendship with the only One who will never make you feel lonely.