We live in a very noisy society today. Everyday we get up and go about our business, we are bombarded with a million distractions around us, stuff on radio and tv, social media, daily traffic on our commute, drama in our circles, drama in the workplace, and so much more. From the time we get up, until the time we go to sleep, we are under constant bombardment which can easily distract and wear us out, not only physically, but emotionally and spiritually. With so much going on, many of us don’t take the time to step away and find time to sit in peace and solitude to restore ourselves. I was reading an article yesterday about solitude an and the importance we have of finding a place where we can stay away from the distractions of this world and restore ourselves in solitude.
Some where do you go for that peace or do you at all? For me, there are a few places I find helpful for my restoration. First for my daily time, it comes in the early morning hours, before the house starts moving. When I get this time, I dive into God’s Word and meditate and journal on what I’m reading that day and then pray on it. This is a daily practice that helps really get the day going. Also during my morning workouts at the gym. I plug my ears in with Praise and Worship music whenever I workout and stay locked in for the next hour and half. For my major restoration from the year of craziness that comes from work and family priorities, it comes when I am at the beach. There is something about getting up in the early morning and walking on the sand before all the other vacationers come out. I listen to the ocean, feel the breeze, and in that place I feel completely locked in with God.
During any of these times, it’s not about being alone and lonely, it’s about solitude. As the article I read in And Sons Magazine describes, there is a distinct difference between loneliness and solitude. The author describes loneliness as “Cold. It haunts us in the quiet hours when we have failed to create enough white noise to drown it out. It is scary. It is deafening.” Solitude however, “is the quiet of standing in a windless snowfall. The snow acts as a sound dampener—it’s hard to hear a car even if it’s only 20 feet away. It’s more than quiet—it is substantive, as if you could stretch out your hand and push into the silence like a down pillow.”
As the article also points out, there is one who made moments of solitude a regular practice. That is none other that Jesus Christ. Many times in the Gospels we read of Jesus stepping away into the wilderness to pray and restore himself. To connect with The Father.
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” (Mark 1:35)
“After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone….” (Matthew 14:23)
Then of course there was the 40 days in the wilderness which prepared Jesus for what was to come in His ministry and in fulfilling His purpose according Scripture.
These moments of solitude are extremely important parts of our lives and our restoration and preparation for what is still to come in our lives. In these moments we can connect closer with God. We can sit still in silence and fill His Spirit fill us and restore us. It is in these moments where we can fully let go of the stresses this world brings in our daily lives and talk with God and listen to where He leads. These moments are priceless and really help prepare for the next steps in our journey.
I am going to touch on this more in the coming weeks. My next video blog will come out in July and will be on this very subject. I think this is such an important part of our lives in our walk with God and finding where He is leading us, dealing with the spiritual battles and sin that the Adversary throws our way every day, and in restoration our lives and relationships with those around us. We all need that place and that time to find peace and restoration.