The prophet tends to stand alone a great deal, in human terms.
I love people; I really do. There are plenty I’d rather not spend time with, but that’s a function of my calling and ministry. Some people have demonstrated a propensity to suck up all my energy and demand more. I can’t be faithful to God when they are around. I know how to handle them, and a big part of that is limiting contact. Those I can help can hang around and absorb whatever I have to offer.
I’m at the place spiritually where I don’t really feel a desperate need for other people. There are a dozen ways to explain that, but I sense those who understand what I’ve been writing here will already know where this is going.
When the mission requires other people to help, God will move them into my orbit. Same thing if they need my help for anything important to God. In between I can enjoy the company of a lot of people, but I don’t have much time to invest in mere socializing. By itself, it has no value in the Kingdom, beyond establishing the civil connection necessary for human coexistence.
Even back in my military assignment in Europe, I had a senior officer think out loud about having all of us Military Police folks get together for a formal military dinner. He said something about it being mandatory. I took out my handcuffs and put them on his desk, extended my two hands together, and said, “Put me away now, because I’ll refuse to come without these.” He knew what I meant, that I would not socialize under any conditions with some of our crew. It would be unbearable, a punishment that would make him my enemy. That dinner never happened.
I did just fine on the road hours on end four or five days per week, because I needed little supervision, but some of these people had no business carrying a weapon, especially in public.
For those with whom I feel a strong affinity, it’s okay if you don’t call or write to me for years. Whatever we share is still there, safe in eternity. When you need me, get hold of me and we’ll do something which matters eternally. That can include just chatting about some ideas, or comparing notes on the most esoteric subjects imaginable. Each of those things adds to eternity. It’s okay if we don’t have that much in common any more, that we’ve both drifted off in all sorts of different directions. And if we are brothers and sisters who simply haven’t met each other yet, call me any way.
As long as you understand eternal imperatives often don’t translate well into human needs, you’ll understand there is no need to be embarrassed or hesitant. I don’t take myself that seriously. We both have things to do in service to the Lord, and socializing is definitely a low priority.