As I write this, I am about to head for a little shack in the woods for a few days. I'm going to spend some time with Jesus (and no, I don't expect to meet a big black woman named Papa). I've never done anything like this before, but God has been laying it on my heart for sometime. In fact, it was back in March of this year that I began to sense that God was telling me I need to get away for a few days, to have nothing and no one except for him. Well, now it's December and I figured it was about time for me to get obedient.
I don't fully know what to expect. What I do know is that when I look at the life of Jesus, every time after he came out of a time of solitude, big things happened: things like a little sermon called the Beatitudes, and the feeding of the four thousand, multitudes healed, demons cast out. I don't know about you but I want God to do big things with my life. So I'm following in the footsteps of Jesus & following his example, and praying and fasting that God will use my life in a way that he has yet to do.
Here's a question for you. Do you work in times of solitude into your life? I'm not saying that you need to go to some shack in the woods for a few days (though maybe you DO need to). I mean in your daily life. Do you have times of solitude where you can hang with Jesus one on one, uninterrupted by phone calls, text messages, tv, internet, friends, and loved ones? If not, do you find yourself never being able to quite break free of that sinful addiction or habit? Do you find yourself in a spiritual slump, apathetic, and wondering why you can't move to that next level in your walk with Jesus. It's because you aren't taking time to be alone with him. In Luke 5:15-16, we learned that Jesus OFTEN slipped away from the busyness that was his life to practice solitude.
Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
If Jesus needed times of solitude, how arrogant are we to think that we don't need it. You do need it. I need it. Find time for solitude in your life.
When I return from my little vacation with Jesus, maybe I'll have some deep insight and some revolutionary blogs (probably not). Until then, while I'm gone over the next couple of days, my blog will be releasing (in three installments) the "Matt and Wes Short Film Festival" that aired during our 2nd Annual 2008 Winter Rock Your Face Off Christmas All-nighter Bash. Trust me, it's complete insanity interspersed with moments of shear genius. Enjoy.