I believe that one of the worst feelings in the world is to go through something without the love and support of other people. Even people that consider themselves independent and introverted eventually get worn down from being alone. The battles that we face in life becomes difficult for us to deal with without the support and love of other people.
Sometimes, the reason why we lack support is because of how we view the world. We might not ask for support because we don’t trust other. Our attempts to avoid people could possibly rub them the wrong way. As a result, they will likely avoid us because of our unfriendly disposition.
However, no matter how hard we try to avoid people, we are never truly alone and self-sufficient. We have to interact with people whenever we go to a store or when we have to go to a doctor’s appointment. This means that we should try to interact with friends and family. We need to do this not only out of love, but also because we never know when we might need them.
In the Book of Ruth from the Bible, a woman named Naomi lost her husband Elimelech not long after moving to Moab from Bethlehem. Later, her two sons Mahlon and Kilion married Moabite women. Unfortunately, both of Naomi’s sons died ten years later. She ended up being alone as a result.
She was about to go back to her homeland with her two daughters-in-law but decided to tell them to go back to their mothers’ houses. In her mind, she decided to suffer alone, because she believed that “the Lord himself has raised his fist at [her] (Ruth 1:13).
Oprah told Naomi goodbye and decided to stay in Moab. But Ruth, knowing that her mother-in-law would suffer her tragedy alone, decided to go with Naomi to Bethlehem. I believe it was because Ruth did not want Naomi to suffer alone after she lost her husband and her two sons. When Naomi let Ruth go with her, the Lord blessed her by giving Naomi a “grandson,” someone that would keep her company, but would also carry on her family legacy. Her grandson, Obed, would eventually have a grandson of his own by the name of David.
The Lord also blessed Ruth by putting her in a position to remarry and to have a child. She eventually married Boaz, a wealthy and influential man in the town of Bethlehem and was a relative of Naomi’s husband. So, the Lord blessed both Naomi and Ruth because they both stayed with and showed support for each other in their time of need. We were not put on this earth to be alone. God gave Eve to Adam because he knew it was not good for us to be alone. When someone falls, another person should be there to pick them back up. We need to be around other people, especially if we consider ourselves to be good, so that some of our influence can rub off on them. We are all interconnected — indirectly we are never truly alone. So, the best way to show that we care is by directly surrounding ourselves with the people that we care about.