If you have ever spent any length of time with me, you know how much I love Henri Nouwen. He's flat out amazing. I love his depth and message tone. I think his equivalent would be David Pounds in my community. Anyways...if you have ever attended Pine Springs with me, you know how much solitude time means to me. My quiet time at Pine Springs is where I believe much of my own spiritual formation has taken place...the gentle whispers of God on the side of those mountains.
Nouwen says, "Without solitude it is virtually impossible to live a spiritual life. Solitude begins with a time and a place for God, and him alone. If we really believe not only that God exists but also that he is actively present in our lives - healing, teaching, and guiding - we need to set aside a time and a space to give him our undivided attention. Jesus says, 'Go to your private room and, when you have shut your door, pray to the Father who is in that secret place' (Matt.6:6)."
It's funny how we can know something (like solitude time) is great for us and not truly buy into it. I find that amazingly stupid about myself. I know I should work out, but I have rationalized this...when Harper is sleeping through the night and the NCAA Tournament is over, I'll have time and energy for that. We will see. Even in my brokenness, deep down in my soul, I know I need regular and lengthy time with God in quiet so that he can whisper to me the truths this world can never teach me.
So I find myself here...God desires to speak his love, discipline, and wisdom into my life, and I choose to watch SportsCenter for the third time today. May you and I find the guts through God's transforming power to block out all things in search of God's daily, gentle whispers.
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