You Are Not Alone
Have you ever gone through a tough time and found comfort in the fact that someone else has gone through that exact same thing? Whether it’s a knee surgery, a job loss, a relationship break-up or the death of a family member – there are people out there who have gone through the same things as you.
I remember vividly my sophomore year in college heading back to Luther with my Mom down highway 52 and she asked if I was excited to go back to school. I burst into tears and said, “No!” I was in a soft cast for my recent knee surgery and I was going to have to do PT on my own and live with a roommate I felt like I got suckered into living with.
But I was not alone. I remember the pully system I had to set up by my bed to help with my range of motion. I remember the long walks to the cafeteria on crutches and people helping me carry my tray. I remember getting to use an electric wheel in my pottery class instead of the kick wheel everyone else had to use. People came alongside me, I made it through the year with my wacky roommate and I rebuilt my knee to get back on the soccer team and even become captain my senior year.
I remember feeling very alone. And in that loneliness I clung to Jesus. I read a devotional daily and clung to the verse in 2 Cor 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” I felt powerless, I felt weak, but I was reminded everyday that I was not alone.
When I see knee braces on people, or on crutches because of knee injuries, I always want to know more about what they are struggling with. I have been there. I know the pain, and yet, I know the power that comes in leaning on God in difficult times.
A great truth of the Bible is, we are never alone.
In Matthew 28:20 we read: “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
The Psalmist assures us in 73:23, “Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.”
Take heart, you are not alone…
KC DiNardo, Associate Pastor for Rising Generations and Connecting Ministries