Solitude is the act of connecting with your inner self. Solitude is intimacy with God. The best way to know yourself is by spending time with your Maker and yourself. Spending time alone is self-care. We need to daily check-in with our authentic self, otherwise, we become who others say we are.
It hasn’t always been this way: For many years I filled every waking moment of my life doing, chasing, stressing, striving, toiling and fussing over everything. I was running from myself and looking to others to fill the void and make me happy. If I don’t know myself, what chance does anyone has of making me happy?
Please don’t mistake Loneliness for Solitude. Solitude is a choice one makes with gladness. Loneliness is an overwhelming emotional state of mind.
The truth is we are never alone, just alone with God.
I am rarely bored by myself. I’ve come to love my own company.
I love spending time alone. I love being by myself. I love my own company. I enjoy talking to myself and replying myself. I love shutting out the world and just being by myself and my Maker. Spending time with God is my happy place.
One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. Psalm 27:4, NIV.
It is the Spirit that gives life. The flesh doesn’t give life. The words I told you are spirit, and they give life. John 6:63, NCV.
We are made of Spirit, Soul and Body. The Spirit gives life to the body. Don’t ignore your spirit.
The spirit knows all things; what the soul and body cannot conceive.
God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24
“The emptiness within has driven many towards religion, illicit sex, drugs, and many destructive paths. Only GOD can fill the dry and empty places in your heart. Let Him quench your thirsty soul today by yielding to His Spirit.“
Just as the physical body needs healthy food and water daily. Your spirit needs solitude and daily communion with God.
It’s documented in the Bible, how Jesus pulled away from the multitude and his disciples to spend time alone. We see this also after Paul dramatic conversion, he was alone for 3 days in solitude. (Act 9:9)
Solitude is a way of replenishing your spirit, soul, and body. Personally, If I go for days without solitude, I won’t be pleasant to live with. My body becomes out of alignment and I don’t enjoy who I become. I’m no good to myself, my family and others.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, Fill us afresh with more of You. Draw us to your presence and may we find contentment in you. From the abundance we receive, may it flow and touch everyone we come in contact with. Fill our hearts with love and compassion. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
I can’t think of a better way to end the day other than in solitude and gratitude. The Spirit is always willing, patiently waiting and calling. Find a quiet spot and enter in. Be filled and refreshed.
In closing, Jesus said to Martha: Only one thing is important. Mary has chosen the better thing, and it will never be taken away from her. Luke 10:24, NCV.
Question: What one thing have you discovered through Solitude?