Say that word to many and it brings up ugly feelings.
Alone in a crowd
Alone in a family
Alone in a church community
We will hear words like:
“It wasn’t supposed to be like this.”
“I thought when I became a part of something I was becoming part of a team.”
“I am more alone now than when I was living for myself and didn’t care what people thought or how I
Ever been there? There now? I feel for you. Then again, I don’t really understand. It is hard from me since I am a social creature. God created me as an extrovert, so I have very few moments of being alone, or even of feeling alone. I ride my bike alone a good part of the time, but even then, I am so aware of what is going on around me (listening for cars, etc) that I have very little time to suffer being alone.
BUT THERE IS ONE TIME BEING ALONE IS GOOD!!
That time is when it is just you and God. There is a discussion on some of the blogs that shall remain nameless, not because they are right or wrong, but simply because I don’t think it is a big deal. They don’t like the idea of calling a daily time with God a Quiet Time (QT for short). I really never gave it any thought until that post, so I began thinking: what
could would should I call it? It got me thinking about the purpose of a daily time in the Word and prayer. What do I want to accomplish? Is it to get rid of the negative bird inside my head? Is it to get rid of the legalistic nag inside my head that says, “A real Christ-follower spends time in Bible reading and prayer every day.”
Here is what I have come up with (for what it’s worth): What matters is not what you call it, but whether you take time to be with God. My time alone with God is for me, and me alone. It is not for sermon prep. It is not so I can
brag saying, “I spent time alone with God today.” It is not to silence that little accusing voice that wants to dog my tracks. It is for me. For my relationship with God. It is for me, and here is what I have come to realize and call it:
I want to encounter God. I want to have an encounter with God. I want God to encounter me…changing me, reworking me, challenging me, probing me, convicting me. I want to encounter His holiness. I am guessing by now you get my drift. So, from now on, it is no longer my Quiet Time. I want it to be my
I know this is miniscule. See why I didn’t link to any discussion of it? But, I would like to know what you call your
Quiet Alone Time. Do you have one? How important is it to you?