Solitude is defined as “the state or situation of being alone.”
It is about finding time every day to pause from the chaos of life and simply be.
I will be the first to admit that finding silence each day can be anything but easy to do in our 21st-century living. But, in order to care for our souls, it is exactly what we need to do.
When we take time to care for our souls, the love and serving we have for others comes from a place of abundance and overflow. If we neglect this soul care, our caring comes from a place of empty.
The difference between the two is easily deductible. I find being irritated, easily frustrated and angry are all signs that I’m not shepherding my soul. It is my internal compass that I’m serving others from a place of empty rather than from abundance.
In our 24/7 relentless world in which we live, I find people are less in need of physical rest as they are of soul rest.
Few, however, understand the importance of this soul rest.
Jesus understood the significance of finding time to be alone and quiet His surroundings. He serves as our perfect role model in seeking solitude in our days.
Following Jesus’ Lead
Jesus was no stranger to an empty and depleted soul. But, He was also no stranger to escaping from serving and healing to renew His soul.
He understood the importance of finding time to get away and rest. This rest was less about overcoming physical tiredness and more about overcoming soul tiredness.
Jesus offers us three examples of how to build solitude into our days.
“Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.” (Mark 2:35)
There is no better time in the day to be silent than in the early morning. Watching the sunrise and sitting in God’s presence can fill your soul like no other. It is during this time that you can pray and read God’s Word. I guarantee you that this simple act will be the most significant soul altering experience you will experience.
“Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile. So they left by boat for a quiet place, where they could be alone.” (Mark 6:31-32)
Jesus knew the importance of getting away from the crowds to rest and He role modeled this to His disciples. Like Jesus, each one of us needs time in our day to walk away from the noise and chaos to still our minds and bodies. This is no small feat in our noisy world today, but small, intentional acts such as turning off your phone, walking in nature, sitting in silence as your drive, or escaping to the nearest room and closing the door to sit quietly can do wonders to our overstimulated souls.
“After telling everyone good-bye, he went up into the hills by himself to pray.” (Mark 6:46)
Soul-rest requires you to spend one-on-one time with God, allowing Him to fill you. There is nothing on this earth that will fill your soul the way God can. It is through prayer that empty souls begin to fill.
So, friend, what example does Jesus offer that resonates most with you? How can you use these examples to rest your own soul?
I’ve created a journaling page that will allow you to become more aware of your need for solitude and how you can begin incorporating quiet into your days to rest and fill your empty soul. Use this as your opportunity to begin incorporating rest into your days.
Praying you through,
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