I noticed that I’ve been on my phone a lot lately. Keeping up with all the tweets and photos, staying up late, waking up and checking my phone first thing. I promise this isn’t an anti-social media rant! PSA not using social media or discussing how dumb it makes people seem online while ignoring real life issues doesn’t inherently make you a better person BUT ANYWAY. Not the point.
I love my friends dearly but often times I end up hanging out by myself. Most of the time it’s a struggle not to pick up my phone and actually be with myself. Although I’m sitting here “alone” it is taking everything in me not to pick up my phone and see how many likes my Instagram photo is at. I just had to turn my phone face down because someone favorited my tweet and it was distracting me. I turn it face down when I go to sleep so notifications don’t wake me up. It’s hard to focus on writing when your phone lights up every few minutes. It’s funny that even when we’re alone, we really aren’t alone at all. Often, we run from every possibility of loneliness. We feel worthless if people aren’t texting us and we feel like losers if we are spending a night in solitude. Our generation (myself included) sadly seems to be running from the very place God meets with us the most intimately. When we are truly alone.
Think of some of the most meaningful encounters you have ever had with Christ. A moment in your life when you were so sure that God was speaking to you and interacting with you. Now answer this question, where were you? here’s a good chance that you may have been in a room full of people: a camp, a conference, church, etc. I am in no way trying to discredit the beauty of how God speaks and moves among the body of His people but want to remind you how personal Christ truly is. Often Jesus wants to come to you, just you, and hang out. Christ wants to mold you into the likeness of himself and it is crucial for us to learn to hear God’s voice when we are alone. How much more would we be able to hear God’s voice if we learned to hear it in whispers?
I had to ponder on this for a few minutes. For me, I feel the most intimate with God when I am alone with no influences around me. I remember the very moment I got saved. The moment I felt the gospel giving me life for the very first time. It wasn’t surrounded by others who were giving their lives to Christ, but I was alone. In solidarity with God. To this day I’m still amazed that God didn’t need anything external to save me but Himself. God was not knocking at my heart asking to get in but He kicked that door down and changed my life forever. It was such a sweet intimate moment to experience.
Luke 5:16 says, “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Throughout scripture we see the importance of people going to be alone with God and if Christ himself did it, how much more necessary is it for us? I have been guilty of complaining about feeling lonely rather than taking advantage of the time for growth. Contrary to what society says, it’s not a bad thing to spend some time alone. There is so much noise in this world. People are constantly on the move from one trend to the next, debating on anything and everything, so much hurt and evil for one person to take in. Take some time this week and take a step back and withdraw yourself from everything. Be honest with yourself and look where you are, who you are. Reflect on where you are in life and with God. Praying for peace, comfort and overwhelming love wherever you are at, and whatever you are going through.
This will be my last post for the rest of the year. I will be taking a rest and enjoying this holiday season with friends and family. Wishing you all to have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year! Can’t wait to see what God has in store for 2016 & for this blog!