The Habit of Solitude

The Habit of Solitude

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Have you ever had one of those days where things are just crazy? I’m not just talking busy, but over the moon, pull your hair out crazy? You move from one thing to the next to the next to the next without stopping. But it’s not just the transitions from one event to another—the events or meetings or classes or whatever are crazy too!

Sometimes, when I’m having one of those days, I just need to stop for a moment and breath. Sometimes it involves ducking out of the room for a few minutes or just closing my eyes and blocking everything else out. There’s something about those few moments of peace that restore order to the chaos.

God created us to live with a certain rhythm. God created us to work six days and rest on the seventh. He created us in such a way that our peak efficiency is actually achieved not through seven days of work, but six. But He also created us with a need for times of peace and quiet throughout each day. The crazier things get, the more we need those times of solitude. Even Jesus needed it:

Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed… Matthew 26:38-39 (ESV)

Jesus knew He was in for a crazy last few hours on earth. He would soon be arrested, tortured, and killed because of our sin. Crowds would mock, taunt, and jeer. With chaos on the horizon, He desperately needed a moment of solitude—a chance to be alone and connect with His Father.

We need that too. God invites us in the midst of our crazy schedules and lives to take a moment or two to be alone with Him. Like Jesus, we need that connection to our Heavenly Father to make it through our daily trials. So let’s take some moments to recharge ourselves through solitude with God each day!

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  1. Faith Jacoby

    I truly believe in moments of solitude. Recently, I became very upset and my day had been extremely busy. It was the middle of the night and I knew I would not sleep. I knew it was time to be silent and listen to the Lord. I picked up my bible and when I opened it there was a card inside with a note of a verse I apparently liked. I turned to the verse and it was Proverbs 3:5-6. Yes, I heard the Lord in the silence – lean not on my own understanding, etc. A wonderful peace came over me, and I new I would soon rest and face the morning with Lord.

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