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September 4, 2013

Solitude

Are you a control freak? Most of us want to control everything around us. We try to control our image and act like we’ve got it all together. We try to control our problems and our pain. We want to control our kids’ environment and I guess that’s a good thing some times. We try to control other people, but they just won’t cooperate and it’s so frustrating. If we could just control everyone and make them do what we want them to do, then the world would be a great place, wouldn’t it? But, that’s not the truth. The quickest way to suffocate your soul is by trying to control everything.

The antidote to the control freak fever is solitude. When we temporarily remove ourselves from everyone and everything, we realize life goes on. Then we can say I’m going to stop trying to be the general manager of the universe and trust that the world won’t fall apart. I’m going to get still and quiet and hear from God. When was the last time you spent time alone in the quiet and didn’t even pray, but just sat listening for God’s still, small voice. Solitude allows us precious time alone with our God and it helps us realize that we no longer have to fight Him for control of the world.

Isaiah 30:15 says, “This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says, ‘In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength…’”