Just You and Him

by Impact Church

Mark 6:30-32 30 Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. 31 And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. 32 So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves.

Christian solitude is often misunderstood. Many of us tend to think of it as “getting away from it all.” For some, the connotation may invite thoughts of a cabin in the mountains or a house on the beach. But if you have ever had to plan, organize, travel, or orchestrate “time away” you know how daunting of a task that can be. So much so, that you can return from a “get away” more exhausted than before. Therefore, questions may arise such as “why is solitude important?” and “how can I enjoy solitude in the midst of the noise and busyness of my life?”

While nature and beauty are nice if they’re available, they are not necessary for the person who wants to quiet his or her soul to listen for and to the voice of God.  The late theologian and writer Henri Nouwen wrote “solitude is simply creating space for God.” This means carving out time in our schedule to be stilled, quiet, and to listen actively for God to speak to our spirit.

Sometimes during times of solitude, you may feel that you don’t sense God speak. Or nothing seems to happen. Likely, your mind may begin to wander. However, the real joy of being alone with God is that it serves as a method of tuning our spiritual ear to the right frequency.  As you create space for solitude, you will discover the actual benefit is that during the day, your spiritual radar will gradually become more sensitive to the things of God. Even in the middle of a fast-paced, busy day, you can distinguish the gentle impressions and leadings of the Holy Spirit.

Our call is to love people. It is impossible to love people without being around them. We are called to serve, share and concern ourselves with the lives of those God has placed in our path. Therefore, we do not remain in isolation. We enter into moments of solitude to sharpen, refresh and recharge ourselves, so that we are more effective and efficient in what He has called us to do.