“Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.” – Luke 2:19
If you study the lives of the truly great individuals who have influenced the world, you will find that in virtually every case, they spent considerable amounts of time alone – contemplating, meditating, listening. Every outstanding religious leader in history spent time in solitude. As we see in the Gospels, Jesus frequently went off by Himself to pray.
The same is true in the political world. Churchill, Disraeli, Roosevelt, Lincoln, and many others have openly stated the benefits they gained from spending time alone. Most leading universities requires professors to lecture only a few hours per week, leaving them time to think and conduct research.
When a person is alone, they can sort through the past and put it into perspective. There’s time to envision the future and make plans for getting there. Above all, time alone can be beneficial in building once’s relationship with God. Take time to pray and reflect on the Scriptures. Create a space of your own where you can go to sit in silence. You may find this space by taking a walk or shed into your own private study.
Set aside at least half an hour for silence. Determine not to worry or plan or work during that time – just listen. God is always ready and willing to speak to you. He’s just waiting for you to incline your ear.
George Bernard Shaw said, “Few people think more than two or three times a year. I have made an international reputation by thinking once or twice a week.”