When Pain Is a Blessing


“Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’ So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.” Mark 6:31-32

For several months now I’ve been too busy to write, or have I? An increase in work responsibilities, summer activities, a soon-to-be senior, and my husband being out of town have made it difficult to find time to write. And I miss it. I prayed for some time to write, and it appears God has answered my prayer in an unusual way.

Somehow I injured my back. My physician has diagnosed me with a bulging disk. Wow. Now I’m limited on what I can do as I let my body heal. I’m not able to participate in physically strenuous activities, and some housework won’t get done for a few weeks. Now I find myself with time to write again.

I haven’t looked at my current project for at least three months. This morning I opened the file on my computer and began to read and write. When I write I feel connected to my Lord in a very special way. Oh how I have missed this precious time alone with my Savior. There is something refreshing and spiritually healing about solitude with God. This time is not just precious to me, it is necessary for my spiritual growth.

We can’t let the busyness of life get in the way of the necessities of life. Some of the tasks vying for our attention may seem urgent, but are not really necessary. Take a moment to decide if there are any urgent requests are taking time from what is truly important.

 “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.” Psalm 62:5

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Blessings on your day.

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The Discipline of Solitude


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 Mark 1:35

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

I’ve come to depend on my quiet time. I need it. Just a few minutes alone with my Heavenly Father is how I choose to start my day. This practice is not my idea. I borrowed it from Jesus. If our Lord felt the need to be alone with the Father, then I know I need it too.

The question then becomes the quality of our quiet time. It’s not time to give God a list of our prayer requests. It’s a time to get closer to God. That means it is a time when we let God examine our hearts, and let God point out things that need to change or be removed. The process is necessary for Christian growth. Solitude is a time when God can do His transforming work in us, if we allow it. Solitude is surrendering ourselves to the transforming work of God.

Before Paul started his ministry he spent time alone in Arabia.

Galatians 1:15-17

“But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, my immediate response was not to consult any human being. I did not go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went into Arabia. Later I returned to Damascus.”

When I think about how Paul prepared for his ministry, it occurs to me a few minutes each day is not enough time to give to God. It’s up to me then, to find more time to give God each day. That means turning off the TV and using that time for more productive uses. It means using my driving time as time to talk to Him. It means using the time I am waiting in line to speak with Him. I need every available minute with my Lord.

The more time I have with God, the more I want, and the more I need.

Blessings on your day.

Here is a great article about the discipline of solitude:

http://www.discipleshiptools.org/apps/articles/default.asp?articleid=37474&columnid=4188

There is also a chapter on Solitude in Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster, Harper Collins Publishers, 1988.

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