“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.” ~ Luke 5:15-16 NIV
I don’t know about you but every year I catch myself saying the same sentence. “Ok this year I will allow myself to have some alone time and not feel guilty for it.” I literally say this every year to myself in front of the mirror. Of course, every year this fails. I use to think it wasn’t God’s will for me to be alone since it never happened. It caused me to go through periods during the year where I was beyond my exhausted point. Exhausted to every extend. Exhausted in spirit, wife, mother, teacher, student, minister and so forth. I will stretch myself so thin because saying yes was more important to me. I didn’t want to ever be the person to say no especially to God’s work.
Oh the guilt shame and all it did to me mentally and physically!
But enough is enough. It’s very important for You to have You time. It’s important to have a moment of rest and disconnect. It’s important to be able to be still and just be with God. If you are constantly saying yes to everyone and being every where; when will you have time to rest ? When will you recharge ? How do you expect to continue to give your best to the Lord if you haven’t gotten a moment to get filled up again?
Remember God created the earth in 6 days and on the 7th He rested!
The verse above…while many wanted to get healed after seeing Jesus heal many, He decided He needed time in isolation with just God!
While the fulfillment of Jesus’s purpose was about to be completed, He once again went alone. He was with his disciples but separated himself to go and talk with His father!
God doesn’t remind us to be still in Him for us to have an overdose of panic attacks. Being still is resting! It’s trusting on the Lord that everything is under control.
Many times we think if we just keep working and keep trying that it will get us closer to whatever we are asking. Sometimes that is the case but many times it’s not. Many times since we keep on that particular thing we need or want; we actually delay the time of receiving! After works are done, God wants us to rest and just wait for His perfect timing.
What a great reminder now that we are starting a fresh year and decade. Alone time is a must! Don’t idolize however your own time but do make it a priority when you can. Get that time in with the Lord alone away from everything and everyone. Get the alone time to refocus where you are heading and what’s to come. Get the alone time to recharge your perseverance to get through the good race of the faith. Allow yourself a moment to just breathe and absorb everything beautiful that God created right in front of you.