Friday, April 1, 2022
Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 14
Bible in hand, I sit down ready to read. My occasional journal is ready for fresh ink. I come to these moments seeking God’s guidance.
Without speaking aloud I address God. “Lord, You are Sovereign. I am here to listen. I am your servant. My heart is open. My mind is ready. May the presence of Christ and your Spirit direct me.”
My spiritual strategy of heart-guarding also includes times of quiet when I don’t read or write. I am silent. I intentionally sit in a comfortable place, with my feet on the floor listening for words from the Spirit—gathering what I hope is spiritual discernment.
The mosquito arrives, buzzing my left ear. A person rings our doorbell. Then, I forgot to turn off the phone. Its insistent ring reminds me I am meeting with a special person in a few hours. My memory flies to the thought that perhaps there’s been a change of plans. There’s that mosquito again.
My quiet plan to hear God shatters like an ice cube dropped from twenty feet. Pieces of my soul are every-where and no-where. I apologize to God promising myself that in the future I’ll do better at eliminating interruptions. Afterall, could there be value in spiritual interruptions?
The wisdom of seeking solitude draws from the model of Christ. Matthew records Christ’s attempt to avoid such disruptions in these words: “When Jesus heard what had happened [the arrest of John], he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns.When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick” (Matthew 14:13-14 emphasis added).
Life Application Questions
Do you believe there is a need for solitariness?
Can you identify the events leading up to Jesus’ search for a solitary place?
Was the withdrawal to a solitary place meant to benefit Jesus?
What could be the value of a spiritual interruption?
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