My husband and I are addicted to a TV show on the History Channel called Alone.  This is a hardcore survival show featuring 10 participants. These survival experts are dropped at 10 separate isolated locations on a remote part of Vancouver Island. Each are equipped with several cameras for filming their journey. They each have 10 survival items of their choosing (no guns), and all are furnished with an emergency radio that can summon help if they are injured or choose to quit. They are utterly and completely Alone. No camera crews … no food related reward challenges … no one to talk to or help them in any way.

Their very survival depends on what they can catch or trap for food. A certain skill set is necessary to set up a camp that will protect them from the harsh environment, including dangerous animal predators and poisonous insects. The premise of the show is to see who can survive the longest all Alone.  The last man (or woman) standing is awarded a huge cash prize.  But at what cost?

The thing that seems to take most of these people out is that they cannot handle the total isolation. A certain degree of “temporary insanity” seems to take over as they lament the pain of being separated from loved ones. Grown men are reduced to infantile weeping once they start fixating on how much they miss their family. Once they let their emotions go there, it a rather quick slide to their elimination.                                                                                                       

There’s actually a reason for that. God did not create us to be solitary individuals, but rather He designed us to need each other.

Throughout the Bible Christians are referred to as a body of believers or the family of God.  Both of these imply more than one. While most of us don’t mind occasional alone time (and that’s okay), we don’t want to ever completely cut ourselves off from people. Too much alone time isn’t good for us. 

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27

If you lean towards being an introvert (like me), interacting with other people can prove challenging. Sometimes we may need a nudge from God to push us out of our comfort zone.  Church small groups, book clubs and Bible studies provide great opportunities to hone our social skills. And of course, there’s always Mama’s sage advice of: the best way to make a friend -- is to be a friend. 

A little quiet time Alone with God isn’t a bad thing. But don’t neglect fellowship and human interaction! Strive for that healthy balance. We need each other!

The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”  Genesis 2:18

Kathy Kurlin
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