Before you know it, the curve will flatten, serology tests will increase, and isolation will be relaxed. The eyes of Canadians are on Americans and Saskatchewan as they pave the return from physical distancing.
We are somewhere between the beginning and the end of a once in a century upheaval. What will you take away from the experience? Before you leave isolation ask yourself, “Has isolation been my wake-up call? Have I heard from God? Did I learn anything about solitude?”
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’ example isn’t simply about carving out time. It is also about carving out physical and mental space, which is much harder to do. 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, praying in Gethsemane.
- Solitude is not about being alone.
The purpose of solitude is not to be alone but 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, lying 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 normal life.
- 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.
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 (Patti Pierce-Miller) in the kitchen. Coffee can be a distraction.
ii) Keep a print Bible handy
Not 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.
vi) Cork Board or White Board
Display what you hear from God and answers from prayer to glorify God and feed your soul.
Have you heard from God? Have you learned to treasure solitude?
Don’t leave isolation without finding and guarding your solitary place.
Further Reading on Solitude: A War Room Makes Room For God
APPLICATION: “What has God said to you during this time?” Please leave your comment below. Thank you.
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