Yan's Corner - In Touch

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Lonely, but never quite

Our beloved Prime Minister who has just lost his life companion said he is lonely. The Borneo Post reports -

A day after cancer took his beloved wife, leaving behind memories of their blissful 40-year marriage, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi admitted that he is feeling lonely.

"Sunyilah...sunyi (lonely)," he told reporters when asked how he was feeling after visiting Datin Seri Endon Mahmood's grave....

Loneliness is always the threat to the happiness of a person's life. It could be one of the single greatest cause of suicide. Indeed, it is the most widespread source of human misery. Yet it is perfectly human experience.

We all need human companion. Does not God Himself made us that way?

Look at the Bible -

Then the LORD God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him." So out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for the man there was not found a helper fit for him. (Genesis 2:18-20 RSV)

There is nothing wrong for our Prime Minister to feel lonely. "It is not good that the man should be alone."

God has given us that emotions of "loneliness". But He provides a way out for loneliness if we seek for His divine companionship.

Here is a quotation from a Christian man who has been an invalid all his life -- one of those lonely, obscure people who live in constant pain -- who does not know what it means to be able to use his physical body in any way except in pain and suffering. But he writes this:

Loneliness is not a thing of itself, not an evil sent to rob us of the joys of life. Loneliness, loss, pain, sorrow, these are disciplines, God's gifts to drive us to his very heart, to increase our sensitivities and understanding, to temper our spiritual lives so that they may become channels of his mercy to others and so bear fruit for his kingdom. But these disciplines must be seized upon and used, not thwarted. They must not be seen as excuses for living in the shadow of half-lives, but as messengers, however painful, to bring our souls into vital contact with the living God, that our lives may be filled to overflowing with himself in ways that may, perhaps, be impossible to those who know less of life's darkness.

This Hymn of Promise, one of my favourite hymns, often lifts me high -

In the bulb there is a flower;
in the seed, an apple tree;
In cocoons, a hidden promise:
butterflies will soon be free!
In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

There’s a song in every silence,
seeking word and melody;
There’s a dawn in every darkness,
bringing hope to you and me.
From the past will come the future;
what it holds, a mystery,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

In our end is our beginning;
in our time, infinity;
In our doubt there is believing;
in our life, eternity,
In our death, a resurrection;
at the last, a victory,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

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