“One of the best gifts we can give ourselves is time alone with God.”
I struggled the first thirteen years of my new life as a Christian with being consistent with my time alone with God. My quiet times were hit and miss. After my daughter was born, God encouraged me to spend time with Him first thing in the morning with my cup of coffee. That was the “carrot” I needed, to motivate me to spend time alone with Him. Father God, in His wisdom, knew this daughter of His really enjoyed coffee, so he paired the two together! I’ve learned over the years, the way to have questions answered and mysteries solved, is by having a date with God.
Jesus often spoke in parables to large crowds, but they rarely understood all that He was trying to convey. The hidden meanings sailed over their heads. Even Jesus’ disciples were unable to solve the story mysteries, until they got alone with Jesus and had one-on-twelve time. Mark 4:34 says, “He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when He was alone with His own disciples, He explained everything.”
When I’m in the dark and I’m clueless about what is going on or why something has happened, I become fearful. But being alone with Jesus, flips on the light, which illuminates what life is all about. All doubts, questions, and misunderstandings flee when I’m with Jesus.
Likewise, when trials come, they seem like a mystery. I may think, This doesn’t make sense or Why is God allowing this? But when I have time alone with Jesus, He explains everything. It’s as if He turns the knobs on the binoculars of my heart and mind, and things become clearer, more in focus and in line with His perspective. His heart and mind, the reasons behind the why, become known and understood. In order to solve my present day mysteries or to have revelation on my life’s parables, I need time alone with God.
“We can be tired, weary and emotionally distraught, but after spending time alone with God, we find that He injects into our bodies energy, power and strength.”
What current parable in your life are you having a hard time understanding?
Spend time alone with God, and ask Him to explain everything.