Saturday, January 17, 2009
Amidst the hurry and scurry of your days, do you often long for time alone? Everyone seems to need you. They want to talk to you. They have a request for you to do something for them . . . Until you just want to dash off by yourself to take some alone-time. Then you begin to feel guilty for wanting to run and hide. Thus, you push yourself to “be there” for everyone, realizing that part of you is slowly being drained away.
Consider Jesus and His life here on earth. In the Scriptures, we see that time and again He would withdraw by Himself to be alone with the Father. He knew that He needed time to be still, to listen intently in the silence, to replenish and restore His soul.
If Jesus needed time alone (and He was God in the flesh), how much more should we? We don’t need to feel guilty about it! Just think how much more effective we will be in our serving after we have taken time to be with our Creator.
And after He dismissed the crowds, He went up into the hills by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone . . . Matthew 14:23
Heavenly Father, please help me see the importance of time alone with You. Then show me how and when to set aside that time daily. In Jesus’ name. Amen.