Spiritual Loneliness

"There is a spiritual loneliness, an inner aloneness, an inner place where God brings the seeker. Ah, when you come there, there is a darkness of mind, an emptiness of heart, a loneliness of soul, but it is preliminary to the daybreak." -A.W. Tozer

I am a quote collector, and this one came from Tozer's reflections on How To Be Filled With The Holy Spirit. I could not get this image out of my mind for the last couple weeks. I think it is because the image is far too familiar. I know this inner place, and perhaps you know it too. 

I can remember moments when my entire soul felt alone and empty, tapped out. If you are in that place today, I know the sense of your loneliness right now. I know the sense of God having forgotten you. I know the darkness of debilitating confusion in your heart and mind. 

Can I tell you I know the truth of Tozer's last line as well? This lonely darkness is a place all of us have either been or will be at some point, and I can confirm with experience, "it is preliminary to the daybreak." 

If you are in a spiritual loneliness and dark confusion, it always come before the sun breaks through. God, bring us, somehow, to the daybreak.

PC Walker

Speaker.Author.Poet, whatever comes through the cracks is all grace.