I Would Make a Great Hermit

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And I’m not saying that’s a necessarily a good thing, either, because I believe God created us to be in fellowship with other Christians, as it says in the Book of Hebrews,

And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. ~ Hebrews 10:25, NLT.

Gathering together with other Christians keeps us sharp and sensitive towards God. Going to church and hearing the Word preached on a regular basis, in fellowship with other believers, does the same thing,

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. ~ Proverbs 27:17, NLT. 

All of that is to say that I like being alone. I’m a finest-kind introvert. I would much rather be by myself than spend time with other people. I don’t like talking on the phone just to talk. If the phone call doesn’t have a definite purpose other than to say hi, how are you, then I don’t want to participate in the conversation.

I’ve often thought that I’d love to find, or better yet build, a cabin out in the wilderness somewhere. I would want it to be a multilevel treehouse that has all the amenities, including wi-fi, and a full bathroom (NOT an outhouse). I want an indoor bathroom with indoor plumbing, and a full kitchen, even if the only cooking I do is nuking. I would be the only one living there with my cat and my dog, who would be close friends. And it would be way high up in a huge tree, so I wouldn’t have to come down, except for maybe once a month to drive out to purchase food and supplies.

I’ve wanted a treehouse for a long time, many years, in fact. Treehouse Masters was my favorite show on TV when they were airing new episodes. Unfortunately, they aren’t going to be on TV any longer. Pete Nelson sent out a newsletter a couple of weeks ago that said they won’t be making any new episodes.

I’m fairly certain that the foundation for my craving for isolation is my wonderful childhood (and, yes, that’s big-time tongue-in-cheek and sarcasm that you hear in my words). The only time I was safe was when I was by myself, and I couldn’t trust anyone but myself.

I have no illusions that my almost desperate desire for solitude is a godly one. I know it’s not, because my understanding of Scripture tells me it’s not. But, at least for the time being, it’s not something over which I have much control. As I can I try to place myself in contact with other people on a periodic basis, but only as I can do so and still remain in my comfort zone, so to speak. There are times when I try to step outside my comfort zone, but not very often. By definition, it’s too uncomfortable.

Obviously this will have to be a matter for discussion with McT.

HARRUMPH!!!

About sarahjesusnlily

My name is Sarah Abigail Kuriakos. I come from a background of extreme child abuse, and it almost destroyed my life. My mother tried to kill me while I was an infant, my father threatened to kill me if I told anyone what he was doing to me, and I tried suicide nine times as an adult. Fortunately, God had other plans, and none of the attempts on my life succeeded. The purpose of this blog is to chronicle the progress I'm making as God heals me from my childhood, while making sure that God is glorified in the process. I'm a voracious reader, and I enjoy crocheting, doing counted cross stitch, and creating art. I also enjoy playing with my cat Lily, listening to Christian music, and watching movies. My favorite books are, first and foremost, The Holy Bible, then Jane Eyre, David Copperfield, The Count of Monte Cristo, and To Kill a Mockingbird. I also love Christian apologetics. The most important thing in my life is knowing and serving Jesus Christ, and telling people about His great love for them. People need to know that God loves them!

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  1. Hi Sarah,
    I love you are so open and honest about everything, even though in this day and age it leaves you very vulnerable. But truth should always march on
    You know this thought of yours reminds me of Mathew 4 and Jesus temptation in the desert. I know what you are saying here and I agree with you. :-). But you know me and my wandering mind…. (Oh no she thinks 😉 )
    Outside of your wanting the hermit life as a way of hiding, there is also this idea that God brings us to the desert to face this wasteland of sin and despair and yes obedience; things we would rather leave behind. I like the word wasteland, because that is our lives before Christ.
    Just as Jesus was tested in the desert, we can find out who God is to us in this desert . It is part of our wanting and needing to find what is real and true. When the heavy darkness tries overwhelm us. that is exactly where we are, alone in the desert. But we are found and God becomes our new beginning. Our hand to hold, the Holy Spirit our protector from behind and Jesus leading our own personal exodus into a new life.
    This is between God and the seeker and it can seem lonely. So subconsciously, can we maybe say, wanting this hermit life is understanding this is not the end or the way to our comfort, but the process of becoming closer to Jesus Christ. HE has found us! Found in the wasteland of our lives, alone and ready to survive, with Him. He has His scars and we have scars and both began in the desert. Alone. But together we exit. -Or we have our own personal Exodus lead by God Himself.-

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    • Hi Kim:

      I love what you’ve said here, Kim. Also, I figured out what happened with your attempts to post a comment that looked like it wouldn’t publish. Turns out WordPress decided they were all spam. Harrumph! I un-spammed them all, and then kept the best one and deleted the rest. They were all good, but they all said the same thing.

      What you’ve said here gives me hope that maybe I won’t always want to be alone. I like the sound of that! And I definitely like the idea that in the process I’m becoming closer to Jesus. That is quite exciting to me, and I relish the thought and look forward to that happening with great anticipation.

      You are so good at encouraging me, and I always hope you’ll comment on my posts, though it’s okay if you don’t. Thank you for all your encouraging words, prayers and visions! You have no idea how much they’ve helped!

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