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“Praise be to the LORD, for he has heard my cry for mercy. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him (Psalm 28:6,7).”

The woman sits at her desk, staring at her computer with a bored expression. On the screen is an Email that says “Sick of your job? Exciting new offer!”.

The woman clicks the message. She is immediately confronted by a jib-jab-like cartoon character who yells:

,”Congratulations! You’ve launched the pink slip virus. You’re office is now infected. Now, back to you. Good luck finding a new job!”

The announcer for this airline ad does a voice over as the cartoon character’s sound is heard throughout the office and the woman slinks into her cubicle. He asks, Wanna Get Away?”.

We’ve all had these kinds of embarrasing and awkward moments. Sometimes they are as damaging as the pink-slip virus.

You feel extremely lonely in such circumstances. No one understands what led to your demise and how you feel.

Neko Case wrote a song about a person cut off from others. According to one commentator on the Internet, she wrote it about her aging, strange father.

The song begins this way:

“Chimney falls and lovers blaze
Thought that I was young
Now I’ve freezing hands and bloodless veins
As numb as I’ve become

I’m so tired
I wish I was the moon tonight.”

When you are lonely, you wish you  were far away. You also are very fatigued emotionally.

“Last night I dreamt I had forgotten my name
‘Cause I had sold my soul but awoke just the same
I’m so lonely
I wish I was the moon tonight.”

We end up in no-win circumstances, in between a rock and a hard place in which the decisions we have to make are really difficult to live with. This makes for a lot of stress and sleepless nights.

I didn’t push a button and unleash a computer virus at my office this year. However, I might as well have.

I made a couple stupid choices. I ended up losing my job.

“God blessed me, I’m a free man
With no place free to go
I’m paralyzed and collared-tight
No pills for what I fear.”

In such circumstances, the experts say the initial feeling when you either leave or get fired from a bad job is relief. This is true. I had similar emotions.

However, as I told one former colleague I met later, who asked me what it was like to be away from my former workplace, I have learned that a bad job is better than unemployment. You’re not really free and you can’t relax.

Unemployment is no vacation. The stress is greater when you are on the street.

“This is crazy
I wish I was the moon tonight.”

As a result of my unemployment, I am now heading overseas.  I am returning to a previous employer I thought I would never work for again.

While I am happy the job is available (it beats homelessness), taking it comes with a catch. Circumstances are such that I need to leave my family behind.

“How will you know if you found me at last
‘Cause I’ll be the one, be the one, be the one
With my heart in my lap
I’m so tired, I’m so tired
I wish I was the moon tonight.”

When I get to my new/old place abroad, the people who know me there may have a hard time recognizing me. I’ve changed, both physically and emotionally. But I will be the one at the airport who looks worn out, beaten up and has his heart on his sleeve.

“Chimney falls and lovers blaze
Thought that I was young
Now I’ve freezing hands & bloodless veins
As numb as I’ve become.”

As a chimney falls, it splits in two. My dumb decisions at my previous job have led me to a new chapter in my life where I will be seperated from my loved ones for what looks like a long time.

The Bible tells of  a family that was split apart because some of bad choices. For some of them, the chickens came home to roost as a result.

The book of Genesis describes a group of siblings who were jealous of their brother Joseph. They sold him into slavery and thought they were done with him.

Years later, when a famine hit, they went down to Egypt and met up with him again. Now, he was the head of the whole country. They just didn’t recognize him.

Joseph played some hard ball with his brothers. He treated them harshly and set them up for potential harm.

He demanded that they prove their stories by going back home and retrieving their youngest brother, whom their father Jacob had refused to send along out of fear.

Joseph had never seen this younger brother.  While they were gone, Joseph demanded that one of the brothers be left behind as an insurance policy. 

In the meantime, he had the money they had paid for food put back into their baggage. When the brothers discovered this on their journey home, they reacted as you might expect:

“Their hearts sank and they turned to each other trembling and said, “What is this that God has done to us?” (Genesis 42:28).

Joseph’s brothers had had their “wanna get away” moment. Their response was to blame God for the whole thing. They had to wish they were the moon that night.

What the boys didn’t know was that ultimately God would use the whole circumstance to keep the family alive and birth a nation. Joseph reflected to them that even though they meant evil to him originally, God used their stupid choices for good (Genesis 50:19-21).

When we are down in the dumps over our circumstances, it is best to ask the question my friend likes to ask: “Where is God in all this?”. I think in many cases, He is trying to teach us that He is much bigger than our puny minds give Him credit for.

When the people of Jericho heard about what God had done for the Israelites in eventually bringing them back out of Egypt, they were scared to death. Rahab the prostitute, who had hidden Israelite men sent to spy out the city, told them:

“When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the LORD your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below .” (Joshua 2:11)

In essence, God was trying to teach the Israelites the same thing, that He is bigger than they could ever imagine  Shortly after they left Egypt he reviewed with them all the wonders He had done for them and exhorted them to take to heart  His greatness and sole ownership of their lives (Deuteronomy 4:39).

He promised the Israelites that if they didn’t, their lives would be cursed. God told them he would send them away, and this would be the result:

“There the LORD will give you an anxious mind, eyes weary with longing, and a despairing heart.  You will live in constant suspense, filled with dread both night and day, never sure of your life (Deuteronomy 28:65, 66).

 Want to know where that “want to get away?” feeling, those feelings of uncertainty, embarrassment, fear and shame come from feeling come. Well first of all, we can rest assured they don’t come from God.

 These feelings of lonely despair are the result of having a heart that doesn’t let God rule there. Satan likes to come into that vacuum and take over.

I think the reason we wish we were the moon at times is that we think we will find the majestic God there. We’re wrong on that, though.

We don’t have to go far to find the Lord of Heaven and Earth. God is in our hearts, and it is from that place we can be healed. 

If we let Him, God will be in charge in our hearts. We might as well, as He is in charge everywhere else, also.

The medicine  for loneliness and depression is topraise the God who is already in our hearts. I will leave it to the words of Chris Tomlin to do that here:

Lord of all creation
Of water, earth, and sky
The heavens are Your tabernacle
Glory to the Lord on High

God of wonders, beyond our galaxy
You are holy, holy
The universe declares Your majesty
You are holy, holy

Lord of heaven and earth. Lord of heaven and earth.

Early in the morning
I will celebrate the light
And as I stumble through the darkness
I will call Your name by night

God of wonders, beyond our galaxy
You are holy, holy
The universe declares Your majesty
You are holy, holy

Lord of heaven and earth. Lord of heaven and earth.

Hallelujah to the Lord of heaven and earth. Hallelujah to the Lord of heaven and earth. Hallelujah to the Lord of heaven and earth.

God of wonders, beyond our galaxy
You are holy, holy
Precious Lord, reveal Your heart to me
Father holy, holy
The universe declares Your majesty
You are holy, holy, holy, holy

Hallelujah to the Lord of heaven and earth.

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