I love NCIS. My hubby kids me and calls Tuesday nights at 8 pm the “holy hour.” Don’t call me when there is a new show on. I won’t be nice.
Last week’s episode showed a tender moment between two of the characters that lingered with me. As Ziva gets ready to fly to Israel, Tony hugs her and says something in her ear in Hebrew. She smiles and says, “I know.”
What did Tony say?
At lo levad – You are not alone.
You are not alone. How we all hunger to hear that. I think many of us desperately want to believe that. This world can be a tough place where we often feel lost. There is hope and renewal in hearing:
You are not alone.
Reminded me of the beloved 23rd Psalm:
The Lord is my shepherd; I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil,
For you are with me;
Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
For you are with me
Alone – solitary, apart from others.
For a writer, time alone is a great. Time undisturbed to focus, to create, to doodle and wander through words.
For an introvert, time alone is necessary. People drain us and we refuel our hearts and energize our spirits in time spent away from others.
For a part of me, time alone is loneliness. The phone doesn’t ring; I miss my parents and friends departed; my ego questions its value and self-doubt pokes fun at my unworthiness.
Did you know the etiology of the word alone is from the old English – al one – meaning all one?
Now that doesn’t sound lonely to me. To be all with One is a powerful comforting concept.
I read this well-known and loved psalm last week and paused at the line – for you are with me.
What a gift – God is always with us. We are not alone. Ever.
God, the good Shepherd, is saying these same words to each of us – “At lo levad.”
We are not alone.
We are all with One.
My mind cannot fully grasp the full meaning that God Himself, the King, the Great Shepherd, the Creator of all – spends His every moment being with us.
And not because He has to… because He wants to.
We are not alone. He is with us.
All I can do is respond like Ziva, smiling and humbly whisper, “I know.”