I Just Don’t Get It!
I’ve mentioned a few times that I feel like God is really working on me to develop the discipline of solitude. To be honest, this is a really challenging thing for me to comprehend and implement in my life.
I read a great devotional from the book Dare to Journey with Henri Nouwen by Charles Ringma and a few of the passages helped me understand solitude just a bit better.
Solitude is not simply a withdrawal from the world in order to be renewed and refreshed. It is also finding a center of inner quietness and certitude from which we act in the midst of a busy and demanding world.
In our much-doing we lose perspective, lose our energy, and more importantly, lose our creativity and sense of humor. We thus begin to carry the world on our shoulders and soon become overwhelmed or disillusioned. But to simply withdraw does not provide the way forward, for we then take our hurt or tired self with us. Rather, the movement to solitude is to find a renewed self, and from the center of being loved and nourished we can again enter our world with purposeful engagement and joyful detachment.
Solitude is going to be a process for me. I can’t wait to get to the other side and experience “a renewed self”.
How do you experience solitude in the midst of your crazy, busy life?