Oh, the necessity of separation. Of spending time with the Lord.
But what kind of separation? We have two choices.
The first is setting aside, which is always preferable.
This is to separate ourselves of our own accord from the maddening and madding crowd, to be alone with the Lord in prayer.
If Jesus took time to be alone with His Father, what does that say for you and me?
To seek the sounds of the Father’s whispers more than the discordant sounds around us, to know the God of the universe, to spend time alone with Him, and to know He desires our attention and affection, should fill us with rapture.
Seeking the Father just to be with Him, to sit next to Him as a child cuddles up next to his father on the couch, not for conversation but for closeness, to feel the father’s touch, is the same for us.
Desire to be near the Father. To wait for His touch, the one that…
…dries our tears and brings comfort
…quiets our disappointments and doubts
…soothes our heartaches with compassion
…allays our cares and weight of the world
…replenishes our arid soul with living water
…dissolves our fears and replaces them with hope
…fills our darkness of circumstance with His Light
…relieves our feverish brow with healing, encouragement, joy, forgiveness, and love.
In this solitude, no words may be spoken and, yet, there is that communion of spiritual intimacy, where we might be actuated by the Spirit, be influenced by His character, and be blessed to go out and be a blessing, to bring a smile to another or uplift a sagging soul.
Oh, how many hurting souls do we miss encouraging each day through lack of being alone with the Lord?
As parched mortal vessels, we yearn to be filled with those Living Waters provided only in the presence of the Lord. His peace pours forth as an endless river, rushing over us to cleanse all that would obstruct our view of Him. As we go to the Well, we drink in His Life and we are revitalized.
The second separation comes from the Lord, when He draws us away.
If we don’t get alone with God on our own, He will see to it that He separates us and takes us aside privately, “He took him aside, away from the crowd” (Mark 7:33a NIV), as Jesus did with the deaf man who had difficulty speaking, Isn’t that us many times?
Whether the Lord woos us aside for correction, comfort, guidance, or love, the result is always the same: to get our attention and bring us into a deeper relationship with Him.
Not all our questions will be answered nor all our longings appeased, but His gracious mercy provides the path of recovery to soundness, to wholeness, to a larger place, to Himself.
And for this, I praise Him for taking me aside.
Don’t wait for the Lord to take you away from it all just to be in His presence. Choose the first separation. Seek His face first. Seek that absolute aloneness with Him, to listen only to His words of love and comfort in solitude.
The greatest outcomes result when one is alone with the Father.
May you know the blessings of separation…Lynn