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I love the solitude of a
Trout stream or a good book, and every now and then, when life gets hectic,
I'll say, "I just wish everyone will leave me alone."
A few years ago I was isolated
from people after drinking radioactive iodine as a treatment for papillary
cancer. I wasn't allowed any visitors, not even the doctor, instead, he
stood behind a lead screen at the door to talk to me. The first few hours
was wonderful, but after that, I needed human contact. Though periods of
solitude are a welcome respite from "busyness," the truth is, I hate being
It's not just me either,
something happens to people when they are isolated.
Every now and then, a television
reporter will put a microphone into the face of a serial killer's neighbor
and ask for a description of the criminal. Inevitably, the same term will
surface, "He was a 'loner,'" they'll say, "He kinda kept to himself."
The FBI describes Eric Rudolph,
the suspected bomber of Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Olympic
Games, as a "loner." You'll remember that reporters used the same term
to describe the convicted Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, when he was arrested
near Lincoln, Montana in May of 1996.
God said, "It is not good
that man should be alone," (Gen. 2:18) so He created Eve as a wife for
Adam. When Jesus sent his disciples on a mission trip, He sent them out
Yet, many Christians find
themselves in spiritual isolation. They minister alone, study alone and
live their Christian life alone. Though times of solitude are helpful to
everyone, there is something unhealthy about being a "Lone Ranger" Christian.
After all, even the Lone
Ranger had Tonto.