Spiritual Discipline: Solitude I
Solitude is more than just being alone without distractions. It is being before God and confessing and surrendering our desire and need to be exceptional, significant, and all-powerful. It’s admitting that, in fact, we are not omnipotent and then renouncing the lie that powerlessness is a bad place to be. It is surrendering our need to be spectacular and instead confessing, “You are God, and I am not.” It is embracing our limitations as human beings and, in that embrace, choosing to rejoice and celebrate. It is the place, then, where we start listening to the whisper of the Spirit of God that says, “I never demanded that you be exceptional. You are exceptional because I have chosen you.” Solitude, too, is repenting of thinking we are entitled to anything and, instead, seeing and being grateful that everything is a gift, and especially this gift of God choosing us.
By all these things, solitude is the grounding point by which we avoid the great temptation laid for us by the enemy of our soul: the invitation to resist our limitations. In solitude, instead, we give thanks that we are not the saviors of the world. We are just men and women. We can breathe a sigh of relief and confess that we need a Savior. We can feel the weight of striving and struggling to be all-powerful fall away from us. We can hear the voice of him who whispered, “Take my yoke upon you, for my load is easy and my burden is light.”