Are you all alone? Do you feel isolated from family and friends? Does the idea of being alone cause you to feel uncomfortable? Are you focused on being alone or are you putting your focus somewhere else?
Our culture is normally a very busy culture. We had grown to the point of having every waking minute occupied by something. We have lists of things to do as long as our arm. Gone are the days of families spending time together discussing life and teaching children how to be successful. Is it any wonder our culture is filled with anxiety and fear?
The minds of our youth have become so accustomed to multi-tasking that they are bored if they are not doing so. Perhaps you have watched your children or done this yourself—there’s a phone in hand to play a game, read Facebook, or Snap Chat with someone while watching a TV show. Oh, don’t worry, you can follow along with the TV just fine while playing on your phone.
We don’t allow our brains to relax. We don’t stop to smell the roses. We are in a heightened state of alert, or at least a state of a highly active brain. We don’t know what silence is and if we encounter it, we are uncomfortable.
Jesus purposely went to quiet places periodically to spend time with His Father. He purposely spent hours in prayer. Jesus didn’t have all the electronics we have today, but I suspect He would have purposely put them down. He might have even left them sitting on the counter while He took a walk in the woods or mowed His yard or drove to the store.
During this period of staying at home, unless you are an essential worker or must go out to get groceries, is a perfect time to spend quiet time with your Father. It’s a perfect time to spend time reading your Bible. It’s a perfect time for family time talking about life and teaching your children how to live.
Jesus knew more about mental, emotional, and spiritual health than we know today. His example is one we should imitate. Our brains need downtime. We need to spend time with God, releasing our worries to Him and listening for His guidance. If we were to spend more time with God, we will discover peace and tranquility. We will start living a life of balance.
I pray we all spend quiet time with God each day. I pray we don’t go back to normal but continue in the abnormal practice of spending time taking care of our mental, emotional, and spiritual health. I pray each of us become closer to God during this time of social distancing. Spend quiet time with God. Spend time in prayer. Read God’s Word. Release your worries. Become a person of calm in peace.
Matthew 14:23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone,