Every season has its unique rhythm, but in all of them it is important to find a quiet place to come before Abba Father. If we are to have peace in chaos, comfort in grief, relief in hardship or encouragement in strife then we need to find that quiet place to come before His throne and hear His voice.
Some seasons give space to physically get away from the noise, just as Jesus did:
And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone (Matthew 14:23)
I love these seasons where solitude is easy to find. My favourite times of quiet with God are when I can be alone with Him in nature – times of beach walks, sitting beside rivers, lying outside looking at the stars . . . glorious! But these times can be rare. I’ve learnt that I have to find a comfortable way to connect with God amidst life.
Did you notice that I said a comfortable way? I wish I had the discipline to give up that hour of sleep for prayer, or was motivated to get out for a solo run at the end of a busy day. If that’s you, then that’s great! If it’s not, then like me you need to find another quiet space. And remember that what suits one season might not suit another.
For me, in this season, my quiet space has shifted from interceding during night time feeds to time in the Word and in prayer at day break when my little man awakes. Before his birth my quiet space was in bed at night with light from the stars shining in. These times felt natural and easy. They were places in the midst of life that I was able to tune out the clutter and focus on my King.
Of course we should be connecting into the Father throughout the day, too. I’m just talking about those times we set aside to refuel in the presence of God. We must be intentional to find a comfortable, quiet space to meet with our heavenly Father.
I know it can sometimes take time to find that special place from one season to the next and you can begin to wonder why you no longer feel like you’re in a place of intimacy. Are you still wrestling to find that quiet place? Take heart from Psalm 139:1-18 whilst you search. He knows that your heart and thoughts are for Him, even if you’re not feeling connected:
1 O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
3 You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
5 You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.
7 Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
9 If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.