In our focus on solitude this month, we are looking at several verses that give a bit of a picture of the role that getting time away to be with God played in Jesus’ life when He was on earth. In Celebration of Discipline, Foster writes that being silent in solitude is not enough; we need to attune our hearts to listen to the heart of God.
I rarely find myself without words or thoughts to express. There are few times in my life when I could say I was truly “speechless”. Because I’m a “words” person in the way I think, I have had to really work hard to train myself to listen. My natural bent is to formulate thoughts as someone else is speaking instead of actively listening. Listening is a skill that can and must be learned – not only for the sake of our relationships with others, but also our relationship with God.
Solitude without listening is just time alone. In order for solitude to be of spiritual benefit to me, I must allow God to search me and show me my sin (see Psalm 139:23-24). In solitude is where we take the things that we have learned through listening and break them down, processing them, asking, “God, what do you want me to do with this?” As Rusty shared in this past weekend’s message, we are called to listen and learn.
My heart has been so troubled over the unrest in our country. As I listen and learn, I am propelled toward God to help me understand and give me His heart. We have ALL been created in God’s image; what a mighty image that is for it to encompass such diversity. I pray that this week we listen to each other, listen to God, and through time alone with Him, allow our hearts to transformed and our minds renewed.
Executive Director of Education and Outreach