I love being alone…..
Probably because it doesn’t happen very much anymore. Don’t get me wrong – I love being with people…they energize me, inspire me, amaze me – but I love to retreat!
There is nothing like getting away from the distractions of this life to be alone with God. Whether it’s a park in the middle of the busy city – or a walking trail in the Rocky Mountains – the quiet secluded corner at my favourite Starbucks…it is something my soul craves each and everyday.
I’ll be honest – it used to be hard for me to find the time…to truly make it a daily priority. My greatest obstacle wasn’t my schedule – but the inner struggle of feeling guilty for using time where I should be “DOING” the work of God rather than “BEING” who he created me to be.
I came across these verses along the way…
And early in the morning, while it was still dark, He arose and went out and departed to a lonely place, and was praying there. ( Mark 1:35)
And immediately He made His disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side to Bethsaida, while He Himself was sending the multitude away. And after bidding them farewell, he departed to the mountain to pray. (Mark 6:45-46)
And they came to a place called Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, “Sit here until I have prayed.” And He took with Him Peter and James and John, and began to be very distressed and troubled. And He said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved to the point of death; remain here and keep watch.” And He went a little beyond them, and fell to the ground, and began praying. ( Mark 14:32-34)
And when day came, He departed to a lonely place; and the multitudes were searching for Him, and came to Him, and tried to keep Him from going away from them. ( Luke 4:42)
But He Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray. ( Luke 5:16)
And it was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God. ( Luke 6:12)
That’s the kind of relationship I long for with my Heavenly Father. A relationship that is built on intimacy – an intimacy that can only be found in the seclusion and quietness of my being.
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