When I hear the word solitude, I think about a person spending time alone by herself. It maybe in the mountains, the beach, a solitary place, in the church or plainly sitting alone in a bus ride to another city. I also think of someone who spends time meditating or praying in a garden.
Before, I would relate the word “solitude” to something any girl should be scared about. It connotes something negative. As time passed by and experiences gave me wisdom and taught me hard-earned lessons, I realized that solitude is one of the best things you can give to yourself. It unlocks memories you haven’t thought of before, memories you have forgotten and feelings you buried them inside your heart.
Most importantly, solitude allows you to be immersed in the presence of God. This is where I spend time talking to the Lord, asking Him questions, feeling His presence and just sitting there with Him.
Losing Time for God
As things at work and life became busier, it becomes inevitable to lose time for God. There are a lot of reasons for failing to meet with God in my busy days but I guess it all boils down to have forgotten about God and spending more time with the world. What do I mean by this? The world has a way of making you forget what really matters in the end. Or it can also be because I think that God will be able to forgive my inability to communicate with Him on a daily basis.
Getting to Know Enoch’s Fate
In Hebrews 11:5-6, we learned that Enoch just disappear because God has taken him. And he does not even pass through death, he was just taken by God. And the reason he was taken is because God was pleased about his faith on Him.
I also found out that in order for me to please God, there should be faith that He really exists. As stated in Hebrews 11:6,
“anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
How to be Productive – The Jesus Way
“We must slow down and create calm moments. It is in our unhurried moments that we can see and hear clearly.”
It seems like there is an unwritten prescription to a “successful” life in this world. That is, be busy. It is almost as though a life lived peacefully is not successful and productive and only those who scramble to get all things done each day are the ones who are really productive.
But, as mentioned by Pastor Prince, Jesus lived a quiet and unhurried life. But He of all who have ever lived accomplished soo much in so little time in this world.
Funny thing is since the time I started really opening my Bible since I was about 6 years old, I began to feel that God calls me to yearn for His word. It is strange that in all the noises of my life may it be personal or at work, I still find myself in desolate moments. And I found out that desolate moments are signs of hunger for the word of God.
If that moment does not come, how can I intentionally slow down to create quiet moments so I can hear God over the noise of the world?
- Allot a specific time of my day to the Lord and only Him. Even if it is just 15 minutes. Usually, 10-11pm is the quietest time of my entire day and that is usually the moment I spend time with Him.
- When outside my house and when travelling, it would be nice to just sit in a peaceful and solitary area, where I can see the beauty He has in front of my eyes. To just sit there and savor the beauty of Earth – the place He created for all of us. As I just take everything in, it would be nice to grab a pen and paper and the Bible.
- Another thing that I can do to start slowing down my world is to listen to gospel and worship songs. These songs are inadvertently encrypted with God’s voice that seems to call anyone to talk to Him.
It is sometimes hard to allocate time but I realize if I was able to make it a daily habit to spend time working out almost every day for 30-45 minutes, it must be easy too to make it a habit to slow down and spend time with the Lord. Yes? YES.
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Father, help me to carve out calm in my day so I can hear from You clearly. I want o be like Enoch, walking closely with You, my King. Amen.