Cathy Hurtado

"And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he (Jesus) departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed."  Mark 1:35

"Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself."  Matthew 14:13

"Immediately he (Jesus) made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone."  Mark 14:22-23

"Jesus went on from there and walked beside the Sea of Galilee. And he went up on the mountain and sat down there."  Matthew 15:29

"And after he (Jesus) had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray. And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land."  Mark 6:46-47

"Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him (Jesus) by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself."  John 6:15

If your life is like mine, it is full of people and tasks and distractions yet, the one thing my heart continually cries out for is solitude.  It isn’t because solitude gets me away from people, it's because in solitude, away from distractions, I can settle my heart, still my mind, read the Word, and wait until my soul finds its rest in the presence of God.

Jesus modeled solitude for us. He sent people away, even His disciples at times, so that He could be alone with God. He went out to be alone with God before He made big decisions, and after a long day of ministry.

Times of solitude refresh, revive and redirect.  Unfortunately, the reason our souls get so dry, is that instead of drawing away in solitude, we fill every waking minute with noise of some kind or another.  When was the last time you got away and sat quietly for the sole purpose of finding rest for your soul in God alone?  Do you need reviving and refreshing?  Make the choice today to get away from all the noise and find rest for your soul in God.

"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures.  He leads me beside still waters.  He restores my soul."  Psalm 23:1-3

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