“This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.” – Genesis 6:9
Solitude. There’s a word. The digital age has allowed the world to be more connected than it has ever been. Gone are the days for a person to wait a month to hear from a friend or relative over 100 miles away. Everything and everyone is within a touch of a button. However, why does it seem as if people are getting more lonely and depressed?
Hoping for the future would mean that we would be able to face a future a lot of people are not ready to face. In Noah’s time, God looked all over the earth for people who still wanted to follow Him, but only found Noah. Was it because God’s presence was not felt? Was it because the other people were less than Noah? No, it was because Noah SEARCHED for the company of God and found it to be enough.
It is always tempting to go where the flow goes. It is simply human nature. But like the classic movie 12 Angry Men, where a jury was asked to decide upon the fate of a young 18-year-old boy who was accused of murdering his father, being alone does not mean being lonely. After a week of court proceedings, 11 out of the 12 jurors found the boy to be guilty without a doubt. Only one man believed in his innocence, and believe that the boy was meant for something bigger than his circumstance. Because of one man’s belief, 11 to 1 became 10 to 2, 9 to 3, 6 to 6, 9 to 3 for acquittal, and finally a unanimous acquittal for the boy. His belief in the boy changed the hearts of the people around him, turning consternation to admirable respect.
Where is God leading us to stand alone? If anything, just as a reminder, let me tell of a story of a father:
A father was pushing a stroller though a city park. The baby was screaming at the top of his lungs. It was a summer day, and the park was filled with people, all watching.
As the embarrassed young man passed by, he was saying, “Take it easy, Malcolm. Just relax. No reason go get excited. Just calm down and everything will be all right. Come on, Malcolm. Just trust the Lord.”
An older lady drew alongside and said, “My, what a nice baby. Do you say his name was Malcolm?”
“No, ma’am,” said the father. “His name is Barnaby. I’m Malcolm.”