After a long, social day all I want to do is come home and not talk to anyone. Not Josh, not my mom, not even my dogs. Why? Because I recharge with alone time. Give me a good book, a cup of something hot, and an hour or two to myself and I'm ready to go. I think Jesus needed similar time away from people. After speaking in front of large crowds and a long conversation with His Disciples, Jesus went up to the mountain alone to pray in today's Gospel. He needed time alone to reflect and pray.
Whether you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert, we all need to take time to be alone on the mountaintop with God. Many of us feel recharged in our faith after attending a conference, concert, or exciting service. But just as important as being a member of the crowd, listening to God's Word and being taught, we need to take time to just spend time some time alone with God.
Struggling to find alone time with God? Here's some suggestions:
Take a walk
Go outside alone, without the distraction of music or podcast and just appreciate everything God has created for us. Enjoy the beauty of nature or the abilities God has blessed us with to create this sidewalk, that fountain, and this town. As Genesis 1 reminds us again and again, God saw that it was good, and so should we!
Keep a journal
Whether it's a prayer journal, a gratitude journal, or just a journal-journal, use it as a way to focus on God's glory in your life. When those rough days roll around (and those days will come) you can look back and see all the different ways God has touched your life and answered your prayers. As Philippians 4:6 reminds us, "...in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."
Find a quiet, comfortable spot and just sit. Let your mind relax and be in God's presence. "Be still and know that I am God," Psalm 46:10. It doesn't have to be terribly long or complicated. Just be.
How and where do you spend time with God? Lately, I find myself reaching out and meditating on God's love as I hold my son or while I am feeding him late at night or early in the morning instead of playing on my phone or reading a book. Quiet time in the car, while working out, or even in the shower all counts. God doesn't ask for much, but God desperately wants time with us because of how much God loves us. Even Jesus, God's own Son made time to step away and spend time with His Father.