I’m going to be honest, some days are a struggle. It’s not that there’s anything necessarily that makes them bad, and somedays you can’t even put a finger to what has you in a funk. It was one of those days for me.
I was feeling the weight of so many different areas of life, from conviction, to the small attacks of the enemy on my heart. Working through lies we believe is tough, and as cheesy as it sounds we all deal with it. It was just one of those days. As I sat at the table, sending some emails I just felt the Lord with me, reminding me of a word: Solitude.
That word sounds terrifying to a lot of people. Solitude:
a.) the state or situation of being alone.
b.) a lonely or uninhabited place.
I think we all know solitude means being alone, but we automatically (or at least I used to) go to the second definition. A lonely or uninhabited place.
Fortunately that’s not the definition when I find solitude with Christ.
I am never a lonely or uninhabited place, because Christ dwells in me.
For me that looks like choosing to stay in. Leaving the TV off, going to the gym, cooking one of my favorite meals, and reading in one of my favorite chairs.
There is something sweet about time alone with the Lord. It’s a struggle for me to choose to be alone, to choose to be silent and wait on the Lord.
When there are things burdening my heart, when I need to get clarity from the Lord, when I need to just BE, there’s nothing sweeter than taking 30 minutes or a whole evening and just stopping for a second.
What does solitude look like for you?
If there’s a big decision you need to make soon, a relationship or friendship that is weighing heavily on your heart, a situation you need peace about maybe it’s time to go and be alone. Just you and Jesus.
How do we find solitude?
- Take your Bible, a journal, and leave your phone on silent.
- Pray that the Lord will speak to you in those moments you’re alone
- Just be. For however long you’re out there don’t pray, don’t try and read your Bible. Just spend a few moments silent. Listening. Waiting.
- Take some time to read and pray.
Does this mean that automatically the Lord will give you an answer to whatever you’re praying about? No. I can’t say how the Lord will work in your life. But how in the world are we ever going to hear from God if we are always talking? That’s me. Always thinking, talking, planning.
I will leave you with this unrelated but fantastic quote by Timothy Keller:
“If you want God’s grace, all you need is need, all you need is nothing. But that kind of spiritual humility is hard to muster. We come to God saying, “Look at all I’ve done,” or maybe “Look at all I’ve suffered.” God, however, wants us to look to him – to just wash.”
I hope you seek out Jesus tonight, rest in Him, know He works out all things for your good and His glory.
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