I took my little dog for a walk this morning. It’s unseasonably warm where we live, so I thought I really should get out with Lely and enjoy nature a bit.
I love the outdoors—the trees, birds, squirrels, sunrises, sunsets, storms, sunshine, mountains, oceans. I love it all. And sometimes its beauty can bring me to tears. Do you know what I mean?
And I love my dog. She’s sweet, cute, and a little cuddler. She’s my buddy, always following me around the house and settling in near me. She knows I’m the one who caves when she begs for food, so during meals she is always by my side with her paw on my leg. It’s kind of annoying, but it’s my fault so I can’t complain.
Even though I love my dog and I love and appreciate nature, I felt the pangs of loneliness on my walk. Neither the chirping of the birds nor the presence of Lely was able to assuage it. I don’t really know what caused my feelings, but they were real. I guess it was just a little too isolated for me.
Then a sweet lady came around the corner with her little dog and we chatted for about 15 seconds. Then, as we talked, a bicyclist came by and complimented my dog on her new hairdo. (She has cute red bows in her hair, and it is adorable!) The lady and I smiled and wished each other a good day and went our separate ways.
I noticed as I walked away that there was a new pep in my step. I felt exhilarated. I was energized because of my communication with people. It was the connection with a woman I didn’t know and a man on a bike who simply commented on my dog’s haircut that helped alleviate some of that moaning in my soul.
So simple, yet the impact for me was profound. We are made for each other.
Will I feel lonely again? Of course, we all do from time to time. But this morning was a poignant reminder of how important people are to our mental and emotional well-being. Sure, some of us need “alone-time” more than others, but we are designed for human connection.
Genesis 2:20-24 talks about how God’s other parts of creation didn’t quite fit Adam. He needed another person (Eve) to touch his heart in a way that a lion or a fruit tree couldn’t. To me, this passage is not only a tribute to marriage, but also a reminder that we best represent the fullness of God’s character in relationship with one another. We need close and intimate connections; we need true friendship.