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The requirements of Solitude.

Updated on March 4, 2011
There is a need to patiently sit and quiet ones heart to a place of rest.
There is a need to patiently sit and quiet ones heart to a place of rest.
Solitude is waiting with hands open
Solitude is waiting with hands open

Solitude takes quieting, patience, and time.

There is a need to sit patiently and quiet one’s heart to rest. This is a primary reason why I believe mornings surpass any other time of day for devotion and meditations. In a sense, I have already been quieted by my rest, by my sleep. My heart is not agitated as later in the day when all the events and problems of the day have settled into my soul and unto my shoulders, like dust after a sand storm.

Solitude requires a letting go.

A letting go of all manner of things: emotions, events, circumstances, in a word…Control. Solitude requires that I willingly let go of control.

Solitude is more a state of the heart than a state of circumstance or presence. A person can be in a state of quiet solitude amongst a throng of people. St. Francis of Assisi; Mother Theresa; Mahatma Ghandi; Brother Andrew. Solitude is a state of confident trust, and faithfulness that comes from knowing my strength and security comes from another. One more immanent than I, one more powerful and all-knowing than I. The Triune God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Some describe solitude as a lonely place…but is it?

The “lonely” place God calls us to, the place of solitude, is a place of rest in the arms of the unseen. It is a place of sustenance, of provision for what lies ahead. God did not keep Elijah alone in the lonely place. God, sojourned with him, cared, provided for him...then…God sent Elijah back. Back to his place of ministry, back to life and people and intense service. The account of Elijah’s call and the ensuing famine and solitude which precipitated Elijah’s powerful confrontation with the Priests of Baal, attests to the powerful filling of solitude. (1Kings 17&18).

I believe the place of solitude is a place of highest calling. Moses met God at the burning bush in the wilderness (Exodus 3); Joshua met God outside of Jericho in the early wee hours of the morning (Joshua 5:13 – 6:5), both received a call, both received instructions for action, both received strengthening for the service ahead.

Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-46; Luke 22: 39-46), Jesus in the wilderness with the temptations (Matthew 4: 1-11), At the end of both of these times of extreme solitude angels came and ministered to Him

The place of solitude is both quietness, restfulness, but can also be a time of struggle. Moses struggled often with God in the place of solitude (Exodus 3:21-29). Jacob, as well, struggled with the Angel of the Lord in the place of solitude before his name was forever changed to Israel (Genesis 32:22-32). These are events we need to take heart from and continue regardless of the struggle to reach that place where we would hear God and be blessed and strengthened.

The beautiful places of the earth do not guarentee solitude
The beautiful places of the earth do not guarentee solitude

Solitude is not a physical place. Not a place I would visit only once. It is a place of return…again and again and again. Not geographical, but a place of the heart.

I can be in the most serene, pastoral, quiet place geographically but yet not be in the solitude, not be by myself. The people, events, circumstances of my life can be packed and brought along withy me…in my biggest suitcases, my heart…my mind…my soul.

Jesus instructed, take nothing with you for the journey, (Matthew 10: 2-16) inferring that all will be provided…do we believe Him, do we trust Him?

The “what ifs” of life are great rest stealers. It is a thief in the night or even the brazen day. What ifs steal our solitudeand with it our strength, confidence and peace are taken as well.

© 2010 UlrikeGrace

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    • manatita44 profile image

      manatita44 

      5 years ago from london

      Your thoughts echo much of my own, and I am content. I could use some of my prose here for one chapter in my coming book and give you credit. Either way, a great Hub. I have just completed another Hub. Something in the beginning of your Hub triggered my ideas. Thank You. Much Peace. Live well.

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      UlrikeGrace 

      8 years ago from Canada

      50 Caliber, you have done my heart good with your encouragements and sharing. Thank you...quietness is what I work towards daily. Not just for the sake of quiet although I do crave it, but for the sake of hearing our God as you have so aptly said. I, like you, have discovered that my 'mind' has been the noisiest thing I have had to deal with! But as I draw near purposefully to God, He is faithful and draws near to me and I find His presence quiets my soul, with all it's complaints, and my mind, with all it's fears and Spirit has a chance to get a word in edgewise.

      Bless you my dear brother and may you have an instructive and peaceful day with the Lord...

      UlrikeGrace

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      50 Caliber 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      UlrikeGrace, I live with many hours of solitude, peace and quiet. I set out at 0230 as I am a morning person that generally goes to rest with the sun. I have found that the world seems to be sleeping in these hours. Even if I were 600 foot underground in an old mine shaft and turn out the light setting up the perfection of solitude, the only sounds are my breathing and rumblings of my stomach. I had to practice and practice time and again to truly shut my mind up and clear it of all it's noise. I've been granted the time and many places to do so. It seems to me much harder than one might expect. I looked at your hub selection and chose this topic as I hold it dear to me. You have written a great piece on the value and importance of coming out from the world and for a while shutting out or shutting down in order to hear with your heart and not your ear. I enjoyed what you've written and you've done well. I thank you for an early morning read.

      Much Love and Peace.

    • UlrikeGrace profile imageAUTHOR

      UlrikeGrace 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Thank you StL. We can get so "busy" even doing 'good' things that solitude, quietness, personal time with God gets lost. And then we lose in the end. Badly. I keep having to remind myself even though I know the huge benefits and have a deep longing for these things. Thanks for dropping in sir, appreciate it!

      Blessings

      UlrikeGrace

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      Saint Lawrence 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Hi UG, good stuff, and you are absolutely right; "we just have to take the time." Very necessary.

      Blessings, L.

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      UlrikeGrace 

      8 years ago

      Thank you DeBorrah...I love solitude time...especially with the Lord...sometimes we just have to take the time...thanks for the visit...Blessings to you

      UlrikeGrace

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      8 years ago

      UlrikeGrace, Nice inspiring hub! I think that there is great value in experiencing times of solitude! It is a time to spiritually refuel and repositioning to sharpen your focus! To spen time with God " To be STILL and KNOW..."

      "I believe the place of solitude is a place of highest calling. Moses met God at the burning bush in the wilderness (Exodus 3); Joshua met God outside of Jericho in the early wee hours of the morning (Joshua 5:13 – 6:5), both received a call, both received instructions for action, both received strengthening for the service ahead." I so agree! Thank You for sharing, In His love & Blessings!

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