Monday, April 14, 2008

Solitary Place

Yesterday in youth we talked about prayer, and Joanna spoke on the importance of being alone with God. We had stations set up with different ways of spending alone time with God, and for 45 mins 35 youth and adults were in silence.

All of this was based off of the verse Mark 1:35 "Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed."

I know for me, being in a solitary place with God is a bit scary. It is not that I think that God is going to smite me or anything like that because I know God is love. It is more because i know that God knows me, Inside out. He knows my heart and where I have succeeded and struggle, and to spend solitary time with Him means I have to be real. It means I have to be honest. I have to be truthful. I have to be me, with all the baggage that brings.

I think that I our lives right now, we have gotten to a point where we feel like "me" isn't good enough. Because of this, we take on different hats that make us act like those around us at the time. The problem with doing this is that we never real act like... well.... us.

So my challenge to myself, and anyone else is to take time, go to a solitary place, and be yourself with God. I believe that this is why Jesus was able to be as loving and bold as he was because he knew who he was. He was loved and created by God to love and save the world.

So go, find out who you really are by sitting down with your creator...