“It’s surprising how loud silence can be. Especially when you’re not used to it.”
This is my experience.
I’ve struggled with the idea and concept of being alone for a very long time. Often times God will take things and people away to reposition us to accept our blessings — to give us a better life, the one we are destined to live.
God made us for cycles and seasons, for routines and cadences.
The Bible supports the value of solitude in numerous of verses. Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” It is much easier to “be still” in solitude. Lamentations 3:25–28 says, “The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young. Let him sit alone in silence, for the Lord has laid it on him.”
Why get away?
We want to find new clarity, resolve, become initiative, or come back to our everyday life and double our efforts. Silence is simply searching the depths of our own souls, asking what our blind spots have become in the rush of everyday life. In the busyness, is there anything important I’m neglecting? What needs refocusing?
Biblically speaking, solitude is a valuable practice. “Alone time” with God can allow God to examine us. It can be a time of knowing God more deeply, a time of strengthening, a time of refreshment, a time of sharing our deepest concerns with God, and a time of simply being with the One who formed us and loves us beyond our understanding.
Another benefit of periodic times of solitude is that such times allow us to refocus ourselves on what is truly important. It is good, every now and then, to “come away” from life’s daily distractions. We don’t want the “worries of this life” to choke out the Word (Mark 4:19). Rather, we want to spend valuable time listening to Him.
I thought this was important to share during this time as we are getting closer to the end of the year and as a college student, midterms and finals are peaking through the curtains. Know when to eliminate distractions and refocus. It will be an important tool to us as we close this semester.
Feeling stressed? Reach for your time of solitude and talk to God. He will listen.