I was working alone in my office when a fax arrived from our daughter in Colorado. It had a goofy cartoon of a rabbit wearing a cowboy hat and chaps and swinging a lariat. “Well, howdy there, rancher Dave,” it began, and ended with “I love you!”
It’s a great feeling, isn’t it, when a phone call or letter arrives from someone just to say, “I was thinking of you.” It quickly banishes our sense of being alone.
The psalmist had a marvelous sense of God’s personal care when he wrote: “How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with You” (Ps. 139:17-18).
“When I awake.” We don’t know David’s circumstances when he wrote this psalm. He may have endured a night of fitful dozing, or he may have enjoyed a sound, peaceful sleep. Regardless, we know that David was overwhelmed by the knowledge that God was thinking of him even while he slept—so many thoughts he couldn’t count them all.
The next time you feel alone, remember that God, who sent His Son to die for your sins, is thinking of you and saying, “I love you!”
Under His wings, O what precious enjoyment!
There will I hide till life's trials are o'er;
Sheltered, protected, no evil can harm me,
Resting in Jesus, I'm safe evermore. —Cushing
Time spent alone with God can ease the pain of loneliness.