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It’s been five months that I’ve officially been “on my own”. My sister and I had been living together until December of last year, when she got married. I have to be honest, it was tough leaving. I loved living with her and always having someone there. There was nothing like getting home and starting to cook delicious meals…and watching our favorite shows on television. Although I see her almost every day, I miss her.

This past Sabbath, I was reading the Book of Acts. I started thinking about how the disciples must’ve felt, when after living with Jesus for three years, they would now be without Him. After seeing Him every day, how were they going to adjust to life without Him? After having Jesus cook them breakfast on the beach…after walking the dusty roads of their homeland…after going to parties and even more parties…after seeing the wonders and miracles…how were they supposed to move on. It was definitely going to be tough!

Jesus knew how difficult it would be to live without Him, physically. So, he sent the next best thing! The Bible says that when the 120 people were gathered in one place, after Jesus had gone back to heaven, there came a strong wind. And the Holy Spirit came over them like tongues of fire. And they were able to speak in tongues and share the wonderful mysteries of Jesus in a language that everyone could understand. Three thousand people were baptized that day…ALONE!

No More Separation

So, as this year continues to rapidly move forward, let’s remember the goodness of God. How He’s always at work. He’s always looking out for us. He knows what we need and is more than willing to give it to us. He loves to have us all to Himself. There will come a day when there will be no more separation. Jesus, Himself, will set things right. John writes the following in his last Revelation:

“I heard a loud voice shout from the throne: God's home is now with his people. He will live with them, and they will be his own. Yes, God will make his home among his people. He will wipe all tears from their eyes, and there will be no more death, suffering, crying, or pain. These things of the past are gone forever.

Then the one sitting on the throne said: I am making everything new. Write down what I have said. My words are true and can be trusted" (Revelation 21:3-5).

And it’s true. His words can be trusted. He can be trusted.

As I’ve had this time to get used to being on my own, I think God has taught me a couple of things. I think He has revealed Himself a little bit…revealed His companionship.

Now, more than any other time in my life, when things change faster than I can adjust to…when I feel lonely…when I need a friend…He’s there. He’s there in the solitude of my apartment…when it’s just He and I.  And I like that.

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