Stillness and Solitude – Hope 103.2

Stillness and Solitude

The English language has two words to describe aloneness. One is ‘loneliness’, which describes the pain of aloneness. The other is ‘solitude’, which describes the more pleasurable aspects of aloneness.

By David ReayThursday 20 Sep 2018LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 2 minutes

Read Mark 1:35

35 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. (NIV)

The English language has two words to describe aloneness. One is ‘loneliness’, which describes the pain of aloneness. The other is ‘solitude’, which describes the more pleasurable aspects of aloneness.

We might avoid solitude because we figure it might lead to loneliness. It need not be like this. Solitude is not just getting away from people; it is taking time and space to locate ourselves in God. Crowds and noise and hurry can cloud our relationship with God. Solitude can deepen it. Solitude is not selfish withdrawal from others, but an attempt to better be the sort of person who can love and serve others.

This seems to be how Jesus saw it. Surrounded by deep and genuine needs, wanting to serve people to the limit, we see him taking time to be alone with his Father. Not out of being fed up with people, but out of being aware he needs wisdom and power and compassion that only comes from the Father.

One more thing: solitude is not just a particular quiet place. It can also be a state of the heart. Allow God to direct us to the small pools of stillness and silence within us. Ask him to help create such spaces. Invite him to help us repent of thinking we always have to be up and about. If it was good enough for Jesus to be alone and still, it is good enough for us.

Blessings
David Reay