"The world is quiet here." – Lemony Snicket, The Slippery Slope
Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. (Luke 5:16)
We aren’t asking, “What would Jesus do?” but “What will Jesus do – in us and through us?”
Since Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever ...
And He indwells believers at the moment of conversion ...
Then as we surrender to Him, He lives His life in us and through us.
Thus, His life in us today will look like His life on earth back then.
Therefore, those same internal promptings that led Jesus into the wilderness for some alone time will occur in us too.
When we read the Gospels, it’s like an internal clock that chimed in Jesus as He served and met the needs around Him. When that clock chimed, Jesus was off for some time with the Father.
The word Luke uses for withdrew means to sneak off – to slip away secretly.
Listen, our lives are loud. We have families and schedules, meetings and deadlines. It isn’t easy to sneak off. If we’re honest, God’s invitation to withdraw and spend time together isn’t always heard over the noise.
My wife called one day and expressed her need for time alone with God. I told her to take off and go somewhere isolated, but she chose our back deck. There’s a park out back and it’s quite beautiful. But wouldn’t you know it, just as she started talking to the Lord, our dogs saw some other dogs in the park and started yapping. And just to make it even more special, I’d accidently left the gate open. So off our dogs went after those other dogs – stopping to sniff a kid or two along the way.
About an hour later, my wife had spent about 30 seconds with God.
We need some wilderness places in our life. I’ve been to the Holy Lands and have seen where Jesus withdrew. These places are barren. You can hear lizards scamper and birds sing, but you don’t hear people.
Jesus, I am going to sit right here for a moment and envision what a day away with You looks like. Where would I go to get away from all the noise and demands so I can spend time with You? I want to make plans to meet You at this place – please make it happen! Amen.
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