It seems that I have always been a person who will stand alone. Whether it brings me shame and ridicule (like being the only kid in 3rd grade to raise my hand and admit that I still believed in Santa) or when my standing will encourage others to stand ~ that just seems to be the way the Lord made me. I know many of your are the same way.
And when you stand, some don't like it. It can seem as if you stick out like an island in the midst of the sea raging all around you. Funny thing about islands in the midst of storms ~ they can save your life.
People all around us, whether they admit it or not, are looking for spiritual safety but they are spiritually blinded in their unbelief.
The Lord has put us in this time and place "for such a time as this" (Esther 4:14). We are the ones He has put here to be His people of refuge, who are those who pray for the eyes of unbelievers to be opened and see God's hand at work; who, in times of trouble and doubt, point to God's mighty angels in chariots of fire all around us, fighting our battles for God's glory.
Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><