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"The Gift of Loneliness"

"Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed."

Mark 1:35

Have you discovered what Jesus knew, that the best moments in life, no, I should have said the sacred moments are the times you and I spend alone in silence with our Heavenly Father, not studying or even praying for the desires of our heart, just simply sitting still before the Lord, listening, waiting and learning from Him.

We use phrases like "in the lonely hours of the morning before the sun rises and the world awakens" to convey that sense of isolation that we might have felt before the hustle and bustle of a new day provides for us "white noise" to extinguish the feelings of loneliness or aloneness that might over take us if we are left to ourselves.

Little do we know that in reality the noise of the day seeks to drown out any sense of peace we might have enjoyed otherwise and yet as I study the life of our Lord I am growing to appreciate these divine moments of isolation and loneliness that He deliberately sought out for Himself for in them revelation is birthed in much the same way we see how God operates in reading Genesis 1:2, "The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters." Before there was anything there was God and before light there was darkness. It was in the dark that light came forth into being and when I consider creation and all that God does, His best work, His miraculous work always stems from nothingness. You may feel isolated today, loved one, you may be lonely, but you are never alone. God shines in the dark!

I read an interesting quote by a Catholic Priest whose studies focused on solitude, "Loneliness is one of the most universal sources of human suffering today. By running away from our loneliness and by trying to distract ourselves with people and special experiences, we do not realistically deal with our human predicament. We are in danger of becoming an unhappy people suffering from many unsatisfied cravings and tortured by desires and expectations that never can be fulfilled. To live a spiritual life we must first find the courage to enter into a garden of solitude. This requires not only courage but also a strong faith. As hard as it is to believe that the dry desolate desert can yield endless varieties of flowers, it is equally hard to imagine that our loneliness is hiding unknown beauty."

Jesus loved people, He lived to do the Father's will but we know from the disciples request of Jesus to teach them to pray that they easily recognized Jesus strength, His courage, His focus in life and most of all the comfort and peace He enjoyed seemed to be directly connected to those moments of isolation when Jesus would seemingly sneak away in the dark of the night or in the early hours of the morning to a solitary place.

Have you ever considered, loved one, that maybe whats missing in your life are lonely times where you lock the world outside deliberately and get alone with yourself and allow yourself to experience the barrenness of your own soul so that when the Lord visits you He can bring light to the darkest places of your being and shed His glorious light on the beauty that would otherwise go unnoticed? Yes, there are varieties of flowers God has planted that can only grow in the dessert places, proof once again that there is nowhere we can hide from His love.

Loneliness and isolation might just be the perfect place the Lord has you currently to prepare the soil of your soul for a new harvest, to reveal to the world the rarest of beautiful desert flowers. After all it was Jesus who said, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain" (John 12:24). Yes, beloved of God, loneliness is the gift of God that reveals to us that He is there!

"Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts."

Jeremiah 15:16


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