There is a critical difference between solitude and loneliness. Solitude is a time of being alone that is enjoyed for its peace and calm. Loneliness is a time of being alone, but with an aching sense of separation and being cut off from the possibility of fellowship.
At the end of his ministry, shortly before he was put to death, Paul felt a sense of loneliness in prison. He had been imprisoned before, but that time was different. Certain people that had been beside him were no longer there, and Paul felt abandoned. Still, in the midst of great emotional pain, Paul recognized that God was with him: “The Lord will deliver me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and ever.” (2 Timothy 4:18).
If you are feeling lonely, admit your emotions to the Lord. He knows what you are going through, and He wants to be the One to fill that void. At some point, God will use others to meet some of your desires for meaningful relationships. But first and foremost, He wants you to recognize Him as your ultimate Provider. Friendships with people will come and go. People change and are sometimes selfish. Only the Lord will be there for you without fail. This weekend is going to be an amazing opportunity for us to put our relationships in perspective. To find margin and create breathing room. Make it a priority to be there this weekend and come ready with a heart that is hungry to learn. I know you will leave feeling refreshed, and in the process, will have drawn closer to Jesus. He is the only one that can fill the void of a lonely heart.