My small group at church is reading the Gospel of Luke this month. Taking it slow, not rushing through but looking carefully at the stories Luke tells.
One thing I noticed as I read is how often Jesus took some quiet time away from the crowd. Three different times in the early chapters Luke tells us:
“Early the next morning Jesus went out to an isolated place.”
“Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayers.”
“Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and He prayed to God all night.”
If the Son of God needed quiet time, how much more do I?
I find myself surrounded by noise – TV, radio, cell phones.
I need that quiet time – time spent not only talking to God but taking time to allow His peace to be mine.
Today there is a lot of interest in “meditating” where we are encouraged to empty our mind. But the quiet time I think Jesus calls us to is not emptying our mind but rather filling our thoughts with His word, His presence.
“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” Joshua 1:8
“Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night.”
I realize finding quiet time is easier for me at this age of life. I’m retired, children all grown. My days are pretty much free to do what I please, when I please.
But for a young couple with small children or families with teenagers, finding that quiet time has to be a difficult thing to do.
As I have thought about taking more quiet time myself this week, I have asked God to help me spend more time praying for those single moms, busy families that they will feel God’s presence even in their “noisy” environments and busy lives.
Do you find it difficult to have quiet time?
What do you do to make that quiet time?