“If you want to be strong, learn to enjoy being alone.” ~ Unknown
There appears to be something inherent in the human species that abhors being alone. We do everything that we can to be with others. That gives us the opportunity to share ideas and seek comfort and consolation. When forced to be alone, bad things can happen. Prisons have discovered this with offenders that they have placed into solitary confinement. Without the ability to be exposed to others, prisoners often crack.
However, being alone does not have to be frightening or disorienting. Being alone can also bring much solace and comfort because, when we are alone, we realize that we are not truly without someone. When we draw away from others and are truly alone, God has the chance to speak to us and show Himself in ways that He cannot do when we are with others.
Why is that? Probably because, when we are with others, we tend to ignore the Lord and all that surrounds Him. We become distracted by the clutter and noise of the world. We cannot hear God’s whispering voice calling to us. Yet it is that voice that is so very important since it is what beckons us to the path that leads to the Kingdom.
We have to learn that silence is not always quiet and that being alone does not always mean being solitary. When we draw off by ourselves, we find God with us and the silence that surrounds us becomes filled with His voice. That is what we need to make sure that we are on the right path to the Kingdom.
FAITH ACTION: Spend some time alone today in silent prayer so that Jesus can sit by your side and visit with you.