We often find peace in a quiet place of rest. There, alone, unencumbered by life’s trappings, we can meditate and seek the Lord in prayer. Away from the hustle and bustle of life’s busyness and grueling schedules, we can focus our thoughts and attention as we pray for God’s wisdom and for blessings upon our friends. Because we are so like those sheep that David settled down to rest in peaceful green pastures, we can meet our Shepherd there for His guidance and restoration.
With a simple prayer in such peaceful solitude, I’m reminded of how often Jesus sought a quiet place to pray. Away from the noisy crowds, He met His heavenly Father alone to pour out His heart. Asking for His simple needs to be met, He also prayed that those with heavy burdens would find peace by relinquishing their cares to the very capable hands of God.
From the beginning of his ministry, Jesus sought a quiet place to get away from life’s busy pace and demands, to think and pray to His heavenly Father. Like Mark 1:35 tells us, “very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Shortly afterward, his disciples found him; together they went off into the synagogues and villages to preach and serve the needs of the people. “Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” (Luke 5:15-16) Another time, after sending his disciples ahead to the next town by boat, and dismissing the crowd of people, “…he went up on a mountainside to pray.” (Mark 6:46b)
If quiet time was needed by our Lord to pray and restore his energy… to refresh his soul during hectic days of ministry… how much more do we need that time alone? I know I tend to forget that, often uttering prayers on the run so to speak. Jesus went off by himself to grieve when His cousin, John the Baptist, was beheaded. He spent time alone to contemplate important issues in His ministry. And, He prayed for hours when facing his arrest and death on the cross. Fitting examples for situations we face that are both simple and complex.
There is a peace I find in my quiet place… sitting in my gardens among nature’s blessings of flowers and birds… listening to the sweet chirping of busy birds, watching dainty butterflies flutter by, and watching the creek on its endless flow… for in the midst of His creation I feel His presence. How appropriate that our risen Lord was found in a garden that first Easter morning! To my garden I often go to pray, think a situation through, and hear the Lord’s wisdom in His still small voice within my heart. For in my garden, a respite from life’s hectic pace, I find a peaceful solitude, and come away feeling refreshed and restored. How about you?
A Peaceful Solitude
Linda A. Roorda
There is a place where I long to rest
A place of quiet and contemplative peace
A placid harbor, restoring my soul
Where the Lord I meet in solitude still.
A place of rest my cares to release
Where storms of life meet the Calmer of Waves
And prayers of faith trust in His will
As I’m safely held in the palm of His hand.
For soothing comfort and solace is found
Near to the heart of our gracious Lord
Feeling His presence all along the way
As He takes my fears and comforts with peace.
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