Void Lloyds
Off the Wall, May 9
, 2013

Did you ever walk down the street or visit a department store only to find an individual coming your way talking up a streak? I’m sorry, but it is my observation from talking to others that they think these people “have a screw loose,” belong in the loony bin, or some similar place. I’ll tell you right now, maybe there is something going on in these people’s lives that onlookers know nothing about. I find it interesting that the people who talk a lot about these persons are from large families, have lots of friends and are very active. They have outlets to express their emotions, questions or inquiries about various issues.

On the other hand are men (and women) who I refer to as “Void Lloyds,” who live by themselves, have no one and don’t know anything about what it means to have a relationship with anyone, and that includes God. They are kind of wrapped up in their own little world, doing their own thing and existing the best way they know how.

You can find them at the mall, in a crowded room, or walking downtown.

I’m reminded of a fellow who I roomed with while at a private school. He was a Void Lloyd if I ever met one. He was forced to stay in this school we attended against his wishes. “All I wanted to do is go to barber school, and my parents would have no part of it,” he said. So, every place he went, he talked, laughed and mumbled to himself.

I have to confess I’m a Void Lloyd also. I live in my own little world. But somehow as a senior, I find I have to talk out loud just to collect my thoughts as to my goals for that moment. Otherwise, I’d arrive in certain rooms in the house and forget why I went there and the purpose for being there. If this tactic works for me, it may work for others.

But over and above that, I will often pray out loud maybe when I’m mall walking on Thursdays, fishing along the creek or heading toward Shop ‘n Save to do my weekly food shopping. Even while there, I will ask the Lord where to find certain items. The neat thing is, when I’m talking to Jesus Christ, others often come to my aid as well. Did He send them? I don’t know and really don’t care. The fact is three are better than one when it comes to looking for something that just can’t be found the first time around.

Getting back to the Void Lloyds, I was reading 1 Peter 5: 5-14, recently. I then read a commentary from the Word Among Us, Daily Meditations for April 2013, and found this on page 45: “Any area of your life that you think is out of control, uncontrolled, or uncontrollable – eating disorders, loneliness, financial worries, trauma or abuse – you can tell your Father all about it. Go ahead and ask Him for wisdom and understanding. Seek the courage to overcome any pain or fear and to face the obstacles that your life presents. Ask Him for strength and perseverance to work through the issues that go with you worries. Don’t be afraid to tell him about the things that seem too heavy to carry. He knows your worries and wants to ease your burdens.”

See what a relationship with the Trinity is all about? We as brothers and sisters of the distraught have a responsibility to introduce God to those who may find themselves without anyone who cares. Now, I realize that not all whom read this column will agree with me, for not all are Christians. But the ones who are must lovingly approach those who seem to be lost and at least tell them about the importance of not only turning their lives over to Our Savior, but having faith that He will come through for them in time of need.

Then just maybe, the Void Lloyds will be conversing to Jesus, God or the Holy Spirit. Talking to oneself does have its advantages when people get up in age. But when we see young people doing it, it is a Christians’ responsibility to step in and let them know that others care. Convince them about Jesus, and then have them pray in or outwardly, “Father, take my pain, my fear, my sorrow. Replace it with the assurance of your love and care for me.” That just may turn them from hopelessness to something with greater reassurance.

- Paul J. Volkmann
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