My soul, wait you only upon God; for my expectation is from him. (Psalm 62:5)
Henri Nouwen called solitude. . ."the furnace of transformation." This doesn't refer to mere personal privacy for a twelve-second pit stop where we get a quick fix to reenter the race. It's more than that. It's an oasis of the soul where we see ourselves, others, and especially our God in new ways. It's where much of the "clutter" of life is identified and exterminated, thanks to the merciless heat of the "furnace." Soul surgery transpires as serenity replaces anxiety.
In solitude, struggles occur that no one else knows about. Inner battles are fought here that seldom become fodder for sermons or illustrations for books. God, who probes our deepest thoughts during protracted segments of solitude, opens our eyes to things that need attention. It is here He makes us aware of those things we try to hide from others.
Intimacy with the Almighty
I have a confession to make to every single one of you! I love being in a place of solitude! Being in a place of solitude allows me to be able to gather any thoughts I have had of the day at hand. Being in a place of solitude also allows me to really spend uninterrupted time listening to God, reading His Word, and pray. There are numerous benefits to be in a place of solitude.
While I do enjoy and have found a great deal of benefit of being in a place of solitude, God has also made me aware of the dangers of staying in solitude. One of the dangers that really stick out to me like a sore thumb is the impression that it creates of being anti-social. Another danger is that fact that during that time spent in the place of solitude can also create lots of idle time. During that idle time, the possibility of our minds wandering could potentially create an opportunity for the enemy of our souls to project thoughts into our minds that will either discourage you or depress you.
If I have gained anything from this post, it is that a proactive approach in trying to create a healthy balance between activity and solitude is a must so that every single area of our lives will please God and ultimately give Him the glory. Godly wisdom, due diligence, and sound judgement are the key ingredients to figuring out when to start each segment of solitude and when to end that segment of solitude.
Solitude is good....but fellowship is better!
Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you as you endeavor to gain godly wisdom in the area of solitude. JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-).