42 And when it was day, he departed and went into a desolate place. – Luke 4
Jesus often went to desolate, lonely places. It was here that he was able to speak with the Father and re-center his busy life. Who are we to think that we don’t need to do the same thing? We need to push ourself into lonely places. A lonely place can give us great advantages.
1. It helps us connect with the Father. Sometimes life is too loud and too busy to hear the still, small voice of God.
2. Time slows down, setting our body and soul back into rhythm. The rhythm that we call “normal” is often unhealthy. Can we really continue life at an insane pace?
3. We are able to get a big picture view of life. We need time to work on our life, not just in it.
4. We can breathe deep and rest. There is value in rest. Grab a nap in the lonely places. It may be one of the most spiritual acts you can do.
5. We are away from the distraction of constant emails, texts, and phone calls. With nothing else to fight for our attention, we are able to listen more closely to the words of God (see #1).
We need some lonely places in life. Most of us can’t walk out of the office and tell the boss we just need some lonely time. (He may respond with giving us an extended amount of lonely time). However, we can find lonely times during the day. A silent commute, a few moments of quiet as you are on break or standing in line, a few minutes at the start or end of the day. Lonely times are not as far away as you may think. Even Jesus took time away in desolate, lonely places. Shouldn’t we do the same?
Go be lonely.
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