God has chosen a place of SOLITUDE for me during this season. Let’s face it... being alone for short periods of time has proven to be therapeutic. It’s when God calls you to THIS place that you begin to question your importance to society.
Solitude seems to have a way of drawing us into a place of unhealthy comparison with others. Our culture has placed high importance on individuals who seem to be BUSY all the time. Unfortunately, as a result, we have learned to measure our value according to how many appointments we have in our planner...how many people need us...how many invitations we receive to the parties, etc.
Recently, I have been challenged to see the beauty and necessity of this place called Solitude. God has revealed to me the great value of this place. Every great leader in the Bible was placed in a season of Solitude and from THIS PLACE came their greatest victories!
The apostle Paul was forced from the missionary work that he loved so well and thrust into prison. With a joyous and overcoming mindset, he penned the books of Colossians, Philemon, Ephesians, and Philippians. Moses was taken from his great place of stature and influence to the back side of the desert for 40 years. It was there that he gained the knowledge and obedience to perform the greatest task of his life - delivering the children of Israel. John was exiled to the Isle of Patmos - far away from everyone he knew. Abandoned and alone, he received the greatest vision of his entire life. A vision of great hope read by millions of people even to this day!
I want to challenge YOU today...if God has chosen a place of Solitude for you during this season, STOP! Change your view of this previously dreaded place and unwrap it’s beauty. Take the time to discover God in a new and fresh way. Heed and ponder the refreshing mentality and new found direction the Holy Spirit desires to unleash upon you. Solitude is necessary and one of the most important places you will ever visit. For if you allow it, it prepares you for the greatest seasons of victory in life.
“In the morning, rising up a great while before day, He(Jesus) went out and departed into a solitary place, and there He prayed.”
Blessings to YOU,