Living on an Island

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Have you ever had the sensation that you were living on an island all by yourself?  You see the waters flowing past as you gaze at the far shore as life sweeps by and there you are: stuck!

It might just be me, but this is something I’ve experience many times, and I’m not all that wild about it either! Of course it’s also a lie…

First of all, when am I ever alone?  Even though there might not be any people around, Jesus Christ is there in the person of the Holy Spirit.  Second of all, I am not really on an island… I’m on the mainland; I’ve always lived on the mainland.  Finally, it only feels like life is passing by me and I’m stuck out there alone.  I can get back into things any time I choose.

That island is really just a state of mind, at least in the times I’ve felt like I was out there.  I felt alone, but I know that I wasn’t really.  He was there all the time, but the island experience comes when I stop paying attention to Him. Yes, we all have our bad days and our little moments when we let things get out of hand, but the way back isn’t all that difficult.

For me, I confess that I’m being dumb and ask forgiveness and turn my attention and focus onto my relationship with Jesus Christ and suddenly I find myself walking on the bridge back to the mainland.  Yes, the bridge was there all along but I didn’t see it, because I was only paying attention to my doubt or hurt.

The moral of the story is this:

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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6 Responses to Living on an Island

  1. nrichmyleads says:

    Great song isn’t it. The devil always tries to get us to feel lonely, to forsake fellowship, I guess that is why God had to inspire He 10:25 to be recorded that we are not to forsake assembling together. Prayer partners should perhaps be a part of more Christian lives than is often practiced because as I blogged the Christian life really is a family affair, Christians should not be living lives of quiet lonely desperation. Friendship is the melody and fragrance of life, let us make music and enjoy the aroma, the sweet smelling savor, that is being in God’s family. We do not just have friends, we have brothers and sisters in Christ that we can maintain daily fellowship with. It may seem odd to say, but if anyone that fellowships with you lives alone, perhaps the elders of your group should encourage someone in your group to be responsible to make daily contact with them. Sharing a daily prayer time is as good a reason as any for the contact. Selah.

  2. Or: “There’s not a place where we can flee, But God is present there.” From “I Sing the Mighty Power.”

  3. savurbks says:

    Love your photography…it adds so much to your thoughtful posts! Thank- you for sharing!!

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