Holding Forth The Word Of Life.
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Most people in North America today face the pressures of a perpetually harried and busy, noisy lifestyle. From morning until evening, schedules are full of work and recreation activities. Added to that is the constant bombardment of noise from vehicles, and electrical appliances to entertainment devices.
In the midst of all that mind-numbing commotion and noise, finding minutes in which one can retreat into a reflective quietness are few. In fact, most of us hardly know how to benefit from some quite moments, much less how to make time for them. And that's a shame, because it's in those times where we deliberately step aside from the rush and bustle of a busy life, that we can reflect on the things of greater importance.
We have focussed quite extensively on the negative aspect of a lonely experience in this series. We have considered how to build relationships which alleviate the sorrows and hurts of a lonely life.
However, solitude is not necessarily loneliness. Socially fulfilled people at times will also need solitude, when other sounds and voices fade away. This will help them to focus on spiritual values, and allow better communication with God.
So whether you have known a lonely life, or are finding social fullness presently, do not be afraid of solitude. In fact, seek it out.
Jesus is a good example for us in this. After a busy day of teaching the crowds of people who followed him, the scriptures tell us, "And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone" (Matthew 14:23).
This time of solitude for Jesus was a time to pray. This gives us a picture of what solitude can do for us.
Are you wishing God were nearer to you? Or that your spiritual life was somehow revitalized? Then take time to build a schedule in your life which includes beneficial solitude.
- Mervin Brubacher
He went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. Matthew 14:23
The Blessing Of Solitude