A Solitary Place

by Andrew Forrest

Reading Mark, one gets the sense of how exhausting ministry must have been for Jesus. This is why he routinely tells people–and even the demons–to keep quiet about his identity: when word gets out–as it inevitably does–he is hounded by the crowds.

I’m not thronged by crowds when I leave the house, and neither are you. But, I do face a challenge Jesus did not face: through the little phone in my pocket and the access it provides to the wider world, millions of people are clamoring for my attention.

If Jesus needed to withdraw to a solitary place to be alone in the mornings, what about us?

(And don’t take your phone with you.)

Today’s Scripture

Mark 1:29-45

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Tishia April 30, 2019 - 11:52 am

This is deep. I had to meditate on this entry. There comes a time when we have to separate ourselves from the “world”. Solitude is so important because I believe that we need to give God our undivided attention. Total focus on Him. How are we to restore our inner man without it? Especially when people are constantly tapping our phones and email! If not, we will become mentally and physically drained as well it could cause problems in our personal lives.

Thank you for feeding the sheep!

Andrew Forrest April 30, 2019 - 12:02 pm

You are so right–that early morning time of focus is everything for the faithful life.

Ben Wright April 30, 2019 - 5:18 pm

Even though Jesus in verse 41 healed the man with leprosy, the man did not follow instruction. He did what was very tempting to do. He publicly spread the news of his cure. This reminds me how tempting it can be for me to disobey God despite the many blessings he gives me.

Joyce Stubblefield May 7, 2019 - 7:42 pm

Oh how precious is it to have A Solitary Place to Reflect, Think, Thank, and Pray; not found too often in life busy demands. Thanks for just the right message and words! God is timely! I must keep watch!


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