Jesus was a loner in his thoughts, behaviour and acts. He likes to be alone separated from the crowd. We may feel that the entire universe and angels were not enough to give God a companionship. So God decide to create man in his image and likeness. And God considered the loneliness of Adam and created Ave. But there is Christianity in desolation.
It is difficult to confront God being in the crowd. To taste God a one to one encounter is needed. God invited Moses to Mount Sinai to talk to him in private and give the commandments. Moses even sees God’s glory. Exodus 33:18.
Everyone desolated Job. Then God revealed himself and answer his questions. Actually it is God who brings Job in to this by provoking Satan. And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?” Job 1:8. It is the God ask Satan about his servant Job.
Jesus separated from parents in temple. Many instances Jesus went alone to mountains to pray. Jesus also teaches us to shut in a room to pray. To be alone in the world we need courage. Actually everyone faces this situation at least once in his life. A baby crying when his mother going to work is also facing this solitude. Even the story of human being is solitude. Solitude is poverty.
Jonah realizes God’s plan while he is away from the crowd and in a very strange location, in the belly of the fish. Realization of God is always away from the crowd.
Solitude is not a closing, it is an opening. Opening to self and then to God. A nice example is the parable of the lost son “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! Luke 15:17. So the journey to God starts in the solitude. We don’t need to fear the loneliness anymore. If you feel alone in the crowd in your Christian life, understand that you started the journey to eternity.