“It is possible to learn God’s language. But the divine language is a language of presence more than of words.”
-David Benner, Desiring God’s Will
Solitude. This word is foreign to many in our ever-moving, techno driven, Netflix watching culture. If you are a busy person, you probably lament about not having enough alone time. Yet - when presented with silence - it’s possible you will be found flicking the screen to numb the pressures of the day. The object of our attention has been high-jacked by our relentless need to be connected to surface level relationships.
This is no surprise to God. He so graciously showed us a perfect model of what it means to disconnect to reconnect with our Father through the example of Jesus.
“Now when Jesus heard this he went away from there privately in a boat to an isolated place.” (Matthew 14:13)
Jesus had just heard of the brutal death of his dear cousin, John the Baptist. Dismayed, one can gather he escaped privately to feel, to share his burdens with His Father and to make sense of the world’s evil. Note – Jesus did not run to anyone else first. Nor did he dull his pain with ministry or work. He made it a priority to find solitude.
“22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of him to the other side, while he dispersed the crowds. 23 And after he sent the crowds away, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone.” (Matthew 14:22-23)
Here, Jesus had just compassionately healed the sick and fed the 5000 through miraculous means. Awesome ministry had just happened, but it says in vs 22 that he “immediately” dispersed the crowds and went away privately. He didn’t post to Instagram, he didn’t have a debrief, he went to commune with the living God – in solitude.
During this fast, I urge you to make it a priority to “immediately” find solitude, doing so again and again until you have experienced the presence of God. He’s waiting.