I’m writing this article today from a small coastal town in Maine. This morning, before turning to my work, I went running on a boardwalk trail through a red maple salt marsh. God’s Creation was so still, as if it was awaiting the new day. Fog lay over the marsh in wisps. Beach roses and the salty smell of the ocean surrounded me. The ground was wet with the abundant dew that graces the grass even in the summertime in northern climates.
As I wound through the stretch of trail, the fresh sea and woods air in my lungs, I found myself truly speaking to God without distraction for the first time in a long time. It was so peaceful and refreshing for my soul. I hadn’t even realized how much I needed that time of solitude.
Our world is so busy. People comment on this all the time: how we seem to have every moment of every day booked with things we have to get done, how our to-do lists seem to fill up with tasks faster than we can check them off, how we want to take time for solitude and refreshing our souls, but how it just rarely happens with the constant obligations to family, friends, work, church, and home, along with the constant buzz of technology and social media.
Most of us seem to know we need to make a change and incorporate times of quiet and reflection on the Lord’s goodness into our lives, but good intentions often fall short. What can we do to make these times of quiet and reflection a reality?
In his article for Relevant, “You Know You Need to Slow Down: Here’s How,” worship pastor Will Retheford shares how he has been impressed with the need for reflection and quiet in the Christian life, and offers three helpful suggestions for making times of quiet a regular practice.“Solitude fuels us so we can be engaged and loving to the world. Solitude is our confidence when we are alone with Christ.”
Jesus Himself set an example of retreating to a quiet place to commune with His Father without the distractions of the world. In the midst of His earthly ministry, He did not neglect His vibrant relationship with His Father:
“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).
So, we know times of quiet and reflection are important, but how do we make this a reality in our lives?
Retheford’s three points are as follows. Read them here- http://www.christianheadlines.com/trending/is-god-calling-you-to-slow-down-here-are-3-things-to-help.html