Sometimes the world can be very dark. You can have people around you but still feel lonely. You can feel like there’s nowhere to find relief: there’s no place to turn, no-one to call who cares or who understands. Even if there is, they may not be able to help. With over seven billion people, the world is a lonely place.

Where is God when you need him? Is he there? Does he care?

For some reason, God finds it necessary to sometimes allow us to suffer and to feel the pain of loneliness, despair and hopelessness.

Maybe he wants us to know how other people feel.

Perhaps he wants to break us.

Perhaps he wants us to know how his Son felt hanging on that cross, despised and rejected by men. Perhaps he wants us to get a little taste of the distance between he and his Son when, in those dragging hours, he had to turn his back – a separation even more unbearable than the physical pain of crucifixion.

Perhaps he wants us all to see and experience the cold stark reality of a world which collectively turns its back on him, which rejects his ways, fails to live in love, and serves self. Maybe this is the pain he feels when we distance ourselves from him.

So what do you do when you don’t feel loved? Do you think about yourself, or do you think about him?