God is in the midst of her…Psalm 46:5
You may know the quote, the one about being courageous enough to grow up and be who you are.
The labels and descriptions you may have spent the bulk of your life trying to prove wrong won’t be thrown off, won’t allow your discarding.
For they know they belong.
You’re not aloof, you just understand more clearly than others maybe, the longing for and gift of alone.
You are finally you, and okay more now than then with your understanding of alone.
My son in law uses an expression quite often that makes me smile when he gets it slightly wrong.
“To each is love, Miss Lisa” , he’ll remind me when we’re noticing people who don’t look, act or talk the same as us.
Maybe he’s right, maybe to each of us “it is our own” and for each us to be here all crowded together, it is love that is required.
I dislike crowds. Some don’t believe me. Speaking in public comes with the territory of my work. Facing crowds with half-hearted expressions and faces to talk about hard things my heart beats for, is hard for me.
When I’m done, I retreat, I long to be hidden, wish I could sit in silence.
I need to be alone.
You know the story about the sheep that Jesus told the disciples in John, 10?
“And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.”
John 10:16 ESV
If I were a sheep I’d be the one close enough to the fold and keenly listening to be sure I didn’t get separated.
I’m the one Jesus keeps his eye on, knowing my need not to be sort of alone, but still close enough to know His love.
I’m the one often mistaken for aloof, sweet little “shy” one, the childhood description that stuck.
The one in the midst of the gathering either making awkward conversation or biding time until I can again be alone.
“To each is love.”
To each of us quiet sheep following our shepherd but lingering on the edge of the crowded and maybe boisterous crowd, to each of us too, is His love.
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.”
John 10:27-28 ESV
We feel safer in our aloneness, quiet in our quiet places.
We hear our shepherd more clearly when we’re not amongst all the others, competitive or compelling the crowd might be, good crowd or just noisy crowd.
We know where we long to be. So does He.
Linking up, prompted by the word “crowd” with others for Five Minute Friday.