At the entrance to the monk’s prayer garden at the Abbey of Gethsemani are the words God Alone.
This simple phrase has two meanings. God Alone has the power to save us, heal our spirits and empower us for daily living.
These words are also a call to spend time with God, Alone. How can we hear God’s still, small voice if we stay immersed in the noise of the world?
In the mornings, we turn on the radio, TV, or iPod, rush into traffic to our jobs, go to our meetings, place our phone calls, then drive home with the radio blaring, with our favorite TV shows waiting when we come home.
With all that noise and our business, how do we hear God speak to us?
We read in Mark 6:30-34, “Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. And He said to them, ’Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.’ For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.”
I’ve had days like that. I bet you have too; when we’ve been so busy that lunch time has passed us by, the time flies and there’s so much to do. We are busy. There are people waiting for us; needing our time and attention. It is the work God has called us to do in the world and it is important.
But, without time with God, Alone, you will get lost and your work will lose meaning. It will become just that; work! This is especially true for those in church ministry.
Don’t get so caught up in the work of God that you forget the God for whom you work. (tweet that, if you dare)
Don’t be afraid to be alone with God.
We need time with God, away from the noise to worship Him, still our souls and hear His voice. (tweet that)
We need time to worship Him and rest our minds, hear His voice.
We need time with God Alone.
- Message Reflection: My Life as Worship (resources.wcrossing.org)
- “Jesus had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd” (worryisuseless.wordpress.com)
- “The cares of the world choke the word” (worryisuseless.wordpress.com)
- Sunday (July 22): “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” (shechina.wordpress.com)
- Where is Jesus? – July 22, 2012 – Mark 6: 30 – 34, 53 – 56 (prissiesissie.wordpress.com)