I sat in Bible study this week and listened as prayer was requested for a young friend of his. The person in need is just 17 years old. She made some bad decisions. Got in with the “in-crowd” and found herself on the “outs” with the Law. She’s decided to leave her old friends, leave her life of drugs and devious behavior, but now she has no friends—she’s lonely. She walks down the crowded halls of her school everyday…all alone.
Just last week I read a story about Markus Persson, the 35 year old Swedish inventor of the hugely popular Minecraft video game. Just last year Mr. Persson’s company sold Minecraft to Microsoft for $2.5 billion. His take was $1.75 billion. His life changed in an instant. During the past year he’s traveled the world, partied with the biggest names in the world, and bought the most expensive piece of property in Hollywood, a 23,000 square foot home that he bought for $70 million. Markus outbid Jay Z and Beyonce for the home.
For us poor peasants, Markus is living the life we all dream of living, the life that we think would most certainly insure our happiness. Yet, just last month, on August 29, at 4:48 am, Markus tweeted, “The problem with getting everything is you run out of reasons to keep trying, and human interaction becomes impossible due to imbalance.” Just two minutes later, at 4:50 am, he tweeted, “Hanging out in Ibiza with a bunch of friends and partying with famous people, able to do whatever I want, and I’ve never felt more isolated.” Did you get that? He was in paradise, surrounded by friends and famous people, and Markus has so much money that he can do whatever he wants…yet he’s never felt more isolated.
We are wired for relationships. We were created to relate. Nothing can replace that innate need inside of every single one of us. Limitless financial resources can’t fill the void. A 23,000 square foot home will never be able to “connect” with you in the way you need. Traveling the world would be nice, but it can’t comfort, console, or celebrate with you when those moments come. The most basic of our needs for relationships, whether we know it or not, is our need for a relationship with God. Once that relationship is established, the Psalmist tells us, “God sets the lonely in families…”
Study after study today is telling us that we in America are the most “connected” people in the world, and yet, we are growing increasingly “disconnected.” Where do we turn? What shall we do? Well, the possibilities are endless, but if we fail to turn to God then no matter what we seek, it will end up leaving us empty in the end.