Loneliness. Just typing the word, I sense overwhelming isolation pressing in. Even my dog understands the sadness of separation.
Every day my Siberian Husky, Mya begins the stare down at 7:30 am until it’s time for her 7:45 walk. The problem is, I can’t focus on writing while her blue eyes peer at me through the window of our deck.
This morning, she was unusually amped up. Along with the gaze, she added some dialogue—grunts, moans, and then all out husky howls.
Attempting to ignore her and finish my last paragraph, I turned my back to her. But she continued. Finally, I couldn’t take it anymore. I swung the door open and yelled at her. She ran into my room and laid down flat.
“Have you ever missed a walk?!! Now stop this and get out!”
I pointed to the hall, attempting to kick her out of my bedroom, but she wouldn’t go. Ears flat, she whined, begging me not be angry or make her leave my room. Mya didn’t want to be alone. She curled up next to my feet and closed her eyes.
We’ve all experienced loneliness and when feeling alone, here’s what we can do:
*Curl up at God’s feet. There’s something comforting about resting in the Master’s presence. Matthew 28:20 says, “Behold, I am with you always.”
*Be brave and reach out to someone. Be persistent in your relationships. We are created to do life with one another.
When I finished writing, I got down on my hands and knees and kissed Mya on the nose. “It’s time for our walk, friend.”
She licked my cheek and padded off to inform Zorro we were ready to go.
Because together is how we were created to live.