Try as I might, I find myself leaving home without it. New habits are hard to learn, no matter how important they are.
Wearing a mask is a great idea to help stop the spread. This simple choice can improve your health, if not save your life. We’ve taken to keeping masks in our vehicle just in case we leave home without one. Wearing a mask in public is a great way to say “I care.”
And there is another habit to practice everyday before you leave home.
Ask yourself, “Has the pandemic been my wake-up call? Have I heard from God? What have I learned?”
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35 (NIV)
Jesus at prayer was about carving out physical and mental space. To Jesus, it was critical to find time to be alone with the Father. He spent 40 days in the wilderness, very early mornings in solitary places, and the night before his crucifixion, he was alone in Gethsemane. Jesus practiced solitude.
3 Aspects of Solitude
- Solitude is not about being alone.
The purpose of solitude is to experience the absence of human activity so that you can more fully experience the presence of God.
- Solitude is a choice to be alone with God.
Picture Jesus, early in the morning, in bed, in the house where he felt safe, comforted, loved and accepted. Jesus left the house. Jesus shut himself away from people, noise, and all the activities of community life to be with God.
- Solitude is the practice of spending time without others and any distractions.
Note Jesus’ pattern: He was with people, then He went to a solitary place where He prayed, then He was with people again.
To return stronger, treasure solitude
i) Chose a small space or place that is free from distractions
When you meet God give Him your undivided attention. You want your time to be uninterrupted. Therefore, do not take your cell phone or any worship music. Consider leaving your coffee in the kitchen. Coffee can be a distraction.
ii) Keep a print Bible handy
In solitude with God, don’t use a Bible on a phone app, or the phone will become a distraction.
iii) Index Cards / Post-It Notes
Use these to record encouraging words, or scriptures.
iv) Journal and a Pen
You will hear from God so be prepared to record what He says.
v) Rug, Chair or Pillow
Whatever you need to make yourself comfortable to meet with God. Solitude doesn’t need to be uncomfortable.
vi) Cork Board or White Board
Display what you hear from God and God’s answers to prayer, to glorify God and feed your soul.
Hearing From God
Do you treasure hearing from God? “Speak, Lord. For your servant is listening.”
Don’t leave isolation without identifying, guarding and practicing meeting with God in your solitary place.
What has God said to you during this pandemic? Please leave your comment below. Thank you.
(I first posted this on April 25th on the Alberta District blogsite.)
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