“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.” (Mark 1:35)
We live in a very busy and noisy world. Think about how life was less busy and much quieter (imagine) 100 years ago, 300 years ago, 500 years ago, 1,000 years ago, 10,000 years ago. It is only in recent time the world has become extremely busy and very noisy. We might probably not adapted to this yet, since everything changes so fast nowadays. Whenever we thoughts we have settled, another changes took place, even now. The most suffers are the young generations. We have iPad, iPhone, iPod, Facebook, Twitters, Instagram, assignments, practises, classes, and hundreds of mundane works!
Therefore, we need to experience quiet time in order to balance the busyness and loudness of life. Seek out and take advantage of quiet time. I know, for most of us, it is common to think of time spent doing nothing or solitude relaxing as a “waste” of time. But it is actually just the opposite. Everyone needs to pause, slow down, stop, breathe, and be in a solitude with God. Solitude is not loneliness. Loneliness is inner emptiness, whereas solitude is inner plenty. Loneliness is marked by a sense of isolation. Solitude, on the other hand, is a state of being alone without being lonely and can lead to self-awareness.
I don’t know if you realize this or not, but Jesus practised quiet time and solitude during his life and ministry. Jesus did not get away by himself just to get away from people, of course. But he used time of solitude as a means of getting closer to God. In his humanity, he knew that he needed to maintain a close relationship with God if he wanted to be effective in his ministry. He wanted a close relationship with the Father. He wanted to hear God whisper. He wanted to hear that “still small voice” of the Father speaks to him. So, Jesus intentionally sought quiet time and solitude so that he could hear God’s voice clearer.
Follow Jesus. Seek out your personal quiet time. By doing so, you are developing a sense of calm awareness, patience, attentive, refreshed and centred. This is something that will come in handy, possibly save you, many time in the future. Friends, the quieter you become – in heart, soul and mind – the more you can hear… there is heavenly music in silence.
Psalm 46 background are very busy and noisy,
But God through the psalmist still can say, “Be still and know that I am God.” (Verse 10)
It’s not about the place, it’s about attitude.
THINK BIG. START SMALL. GO DEEP.