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Alone and Grateful

Alone and Grateful

By:  Mission Team January 11, 2021
#AmazingNation, #Depression, #Struggle, #YouMatter, #youreamazing

Nobody likes me, I can’t fit in, I’m ugly, I’m stupid… These are terms used all too much. Heck, I use them too. Just about everybody in the world has said that at one time or another. I look around and I see that for most people there is no light at the end of the tunnel, there is no hope of happiness. This is something that I have been through and still go through, but the thing is, I found hope in a place where I thought was impossible to find. In my case, I had to deal with the fact that I was completely invisible to everyone...

My Greatest Struggle
I lived in the glorious State of Michigan for about thirteen and a half years. All the friends I had known my whole life were pretty much only family friends, and I never had to go through anything to make new friends. I just always had them. One day my Dad was offered a job in Illinois and he accepted it. We packed up our house and moved to Illinois, and for the first time in my life I had to try and make friends.

 This was a rather difficult task for me to undergo. My personality is to be very childlike and go-lucky, but that doesn’t necessarily work with others all the time. I became a nuisance to people, and they started to shun me and push me away from them. It got to the point where I was invisible to them, except when I messed up and they could have a good laugh. The hardest part was the fact that my brothers were the popular ones, and I was the kid that no one could stand. This caused me to become very depressed and angry all the time. It hurt me thinking that even if I did something great, I would still end up unseen and forgotten.

How God Got me Through it
I eventually went to God just so I could get mad at Him. I said to God, “What the heck! Why me? What’s wrong with me? Why can’t anybody see me? Why am I not noticed by anyone for the things I do?” This was what I brought to God almost every day it seemed like, and eventually this gave me a better relationship with God, all because I came to Him and laid my troubles out before Him. God helped me through my struggles by letting me know that He loved me and that would be good enough for me. God also let me know that I had a Guardian Angel who was always with me and would always be there for me. I had a friend that I could rely on. My Guardian Angel is legendary, and he has proved that by saving my life on countless occasions.

Another thing that God did for me was that even though I was invisible to everyone around me, He helped me see other people who are alone and not seen by others, and so I could help them and console them. Because I felt far away and was pushed out of the circle of the “cool kids”, I had a view of the outside and could see those that were not seen. God showed me that I was not alone, that He loved me, and that even though I thought that I wasn’t worth it, He thought that I was from the very beginning.

Road to Change/ What I’m Grateful for
Something I can always work on more is truly accepting this cross and using it for the greater glory of God! However, I can’t thank God enough for the great things that he has done for me and with me. Even though things get tough, I no longer say “Woe is me”, but I can now say “Thank God for this chance to help others through my suffering.” God helped me on so many different levels, He gave me a friend that will be with me forever, my Guardian Angel, and He gave me a way to see others in their loneliness and help them. Being invisible may be hard, but Jesus Himself said that it is better to help others without anyone knowing.

“But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.” Matthew 6: 3-4.

I may never be seen even if I do great things, but this is no longer a problem for me because God has given me a chance to give alms without anyone seeing. All I can say is Thank you Jesus for this struggle!

Photo Credits:
"cross-sunset-silhouette-man-kneeling-knee-pray-" by ThiênLong is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
"Who is your Guardian Angel?" by angelofsweetbitter2009 is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
"Man Alone on Park Bench" by Jason Pier in DC is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

About the Author Mission TeamThe mission team is made up of writers within the HN team who serve for a time with our ministry to Awaken the World to the Power of God's Love. Through their efforts, their vision of making a world where no one suffers alone is an encouragement to many hurting people of all ages. 


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