When We are Silent, Part Four: Turn Up The Quiet
I, in the midst of all of this, was attempting to read an e-mail AND fill out a form for school that required me to fit each individual letter of my name and address into a little tiny box.
Everything was screaming for my attention at the exact same moment and my head was about to explode.
I, personally, do not need any arm-twisting when it comes to my need for solitude. I’m a Solitude Poster Child. Bring it on, Baby, Bring it On!
“I think for anyone who wants to live a spiritual life, solitude is essential.”
What about you? Is solitude a priority in your life…or just wishful thinking? If you need a little arm-twisting about your need to turn up the quiet in your life, I’ve compiled a few good reasons you may find inviting, in no particular order.
1. Jesus did it, a lot. For more on that, see my previous post, When We are Silent Part Three: Jesus Models Solitude
2. Solitude is a place where you can let go of all the work and people-related things that make you feel important—appointments, deadlines, telephone calls, e-mail. You cannot be productive or useful in an earthly sense during times of solitude. Therefore, you can find your worth solely in what the Lord thinks of you rather than what you can accomplish or produce.
3. Solitude is a time to turn off the outside voices. Have you ever noticed how many times in just one hour, you are bombarded with marketing ploys trying to convince you that you need something? I can’t turn on the radio, turn a corner in my car, check my e-mail, check out at the grocery store, pick up the phone book or pick up the bag that holds my newspaper without an ad showing up telling me I am incomplete without “this one more thing.” During times of solitude, it’s God’s time to remind us that He truly is the Only One we really need.
4. Solitude is a time to tune out the inner voices. The ones telling you that you are failing, or faltering. The ones telling you that you are unloved or unworthy. In times of solitude, God has a way of cutting through the mental garbage to reveal who we really are in Him. Wholly and dearly loved. The righteousness of God in Christ. His bride, His child and His friend. His sheep who hear His voice and don’t follow the voice of a stranger.
5. Solitude forces us to let go of busyness and hurry. It reminds us that the universe won’t go into a holding pattern because we’ve stepped out for a moment. This Holy Pause then translates into other areas, and we eventually find that we enjoy leaving margins in life. Time to watch the sunrise and enjoy a cup of coffee. Time to curl up and read a good book. Time to take the long way home and marvel at the beauty of God’s creation.
Not sure where to start? Come back later this week for some suggestions.
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Inspiration for this post, including the title, came from the following:
I had to giggle at your comment “Jesus did it”. That’s enough reason for me too :0)
Have a blessed week!
Ok, first off, I KNOW that was not your kitchen in that picture. ha ha
Thanks for that much needed reminder to get alone with God. Sometimes, it requires me locking the door and hiding from my boys while they are playing in the other room.
My scrapbook wanna be addiction made me write a comment for the frame. I actually had those cookie stickers in my hand last weekend. And I have to say too, I struggle for quiet time and really realize how much I need it when I don’t make it a priority.
Love what you said about solitude and margins. I need to once again start practicing the art of solitude.