There's a deep, grumbling hunger in your heart to be acknowledged, known, accepted, and loved.
Do you feel it right now?
Some days the cry isn't as loud, and you are able to get through the day's tasks without dwelling. Other days, the cry is loud and it feels so deep it consumes you — your mind seems to continuously bring you to a state of loneliness. Happy friendships and couples and families seem to surround you, and you just feel all alone.
In those moments, we tend to suppress those feelings and equate it with weakness, or conclude there is a glaring flaw in us that deems unlovable. But that moment your loneliness becomes evident, and one day it will, it doesn't mean you're weak, and it isn't an opportunity for you to mull over your flaws. It's an invitation from the Lord to meet him in deep intimacy and find healing.
I know. That sounds fearful and daunting — and straight-up weird. Aren't we always told to conceal and control our pain with food, alcohol, and willpower? In moments of pain, and in this case, loneliness, going closer to where it hurts seems like the worst thing to do, but your need to be known and loved was made by God, and only He can fully and permanently meet that need. You must find where it hurts and let yourself go in that space.