I have the opportunity and gift to spend the next 48 hours at Hilltop Renewal Center’s House of Solitude, up in Idyllwild. Why spend that amount of time alone with God? Isn’t that a waste of productivity?
Here’s a couple of my favorite quotes on the value of solitude:
“We must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from our lives. This does not mean we will never be busy. Jesus often had much to do, but he never did it in a way that severed the life-giving connection between him and his Father. He never did it in a way that interfered with his ability to give love when love was called for. He observed a regular practice of withdrawing from activity for the sake of solitude and prayer. Jesus was often busy, but never hurried. Hurry is not just a disordered schedule. Hurry is a disordered heart.” –John Ortberg, The Life You’ve Always Wanted, pg 79
“…Think of silence and solitude as complementary Disciplines to fellowship. Without silence and solitude we’re shallow. Without fellowship we’re stagnant. Balance requires them all.” –Donald Whitney, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, pg. 176
I withdraw from words and busyness and community SO THAT I can then enter back into community and communication with a heart that is connected and refreshed by deep communion with Jesus.