- Pray: we all go through various seasons in life and God is here for us in every season. Even though God was deserted by his own people who turned away from Him (Genesis 3, Deuteronomy 32:18, Ezekiel 14:5), He never deserted His people. God fought to capture the hearts of His people (Hosea 2:14-23), and He will never leave us nor forsake us in any moment (Deuteronomy 31:6, Hebrews 13:5). We can surrender our loneliness to God who in all things, works good for those who love him (Romans 8:28).
- Read: Books are great friends :) Novels, non-fiction and biographies can make time fly.
- Write a letter: Friends in far away places are hard to talk to all the time, so you could write them a letter and update them on what’s been going on in your life. This is much more personal than a facebook message, and there is always the hope and excitement that you’ll get a letter in return! (Writing letters is a personal hobby of mine, so I love this one).
- No facebook: As tempting as this is, to turn to social media when you feel lonely, it will not satisfy you. Besides the fact that your viewing an unrealistic perception of someone’s life (they’re not always that perfect), interacting with people over the internet is not a true substitute for seeing them in person.
- Count the stars: If its a warm summer’s night, and you can see the stars (even in the city), count them. There’s billions, and despite the fact that it would take a ton of time, it reminds you of how small you are. There’s a whole universe out there waiting for you to explore and find your way. It’s pretty darn exciting.
- Call mom: A good catching up on the phone is a sure way to put a smile on your face. :)
- Pray: just.keep.praying.
All of the items on this list (arguably except prayer), ultimately won’t satisfy you. Even though these things are good at filling in time, you need to also be content with where you are in life. It’s okay (and helpful), to look towards the future and be excited with what’s in store, but we also need to be at peace with the present. We may feel lonely because we crave an unmet desire, but I think God is the only one who can truly satisfy the cravings inside of us. If we find contentment and peace in Him, then we feel truly satisfied and a little less lonely. :)