“Solitude liberates us from entanglements by carving out a space from which we can see ourselves and our situation before the Audience of One. Solitude provides the private place where we an take our bearings and so make God our North Star.” ~ Os Guinness
One of my favorite hymns is In the Garden (right click to open in new tab/window).
Here’s the heart of it:, “I come to the garden alone…
And he walks with me,
and He talks with me,
and He tells me I am His own.
And the joy we share while we tarry there none other has ever known.”
Solitude…say it out loud….Solitude.
It’s a 4-letter word to someone who hates to be alone…
…but a lifeline for the Christian.
“Beloved, come away...” Songs 8:14
“Come to me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.” Matthew 11:27-28
Make the time. “Carve out a space”, as Os Guiness said above, to go to a “private place” where you can “take your bearings and so make God [your] North Star.”