Moms, Multitudes and Solitude
Delivered By
From Pastor David
Delivered On
May 1, 2016
Moms, Multitudes and Solitude

 After He had dismissed them, He went up on a mountain by Himself to pray.   Later that night, He was alone there.   (Matthew 14:23)  

  She just sat down on the couch.  Finally, the day was over!  She popped open her laptop to check a few emails and read the news.  The kids were in bed.  Silence!  It was slow coming that night.  Then the alone time was abruptly over.  “Mom?  Mom?  Mom, I’m thirsty!”  Her youngest daughter’s voice pierced her solitude, and her alone time was over before it started!  Motherhood is demanding, isn’t it?  Many times our day begins with a little one pulling at us, anxious to wake up and start the day.  Even nights aren’t sacred or off limits with our children.  A nightmare startles your son or daughter awake.  The flu hits.  Someone wets the bed.  Motherhood is anything but easy, and it is far from quiet.  All the demands can be draining.   What mom hasn’t wanted to lock herself in the bathroom for a few minutes of peace and quiet?!  “Calgon, take me away!”  Whether we’re a parent or not, we can take comfort in knowing that even Jesus, God in the flesh, needed solitude.  He, too, knew the business of a life in demand.  People were always pulling and tugging at Him.  The needs were endless.  And so He routinely withdrew to a “lonely place” (Luke 5:16).  He got away.  He slowed down.  In all of the giving, He found a way to be fed by His Father.  Jesus knew and practiced the discipline of solitude.  Before He started His public ministry, He spent forty days in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11).  Before making important decisions, like choosing the twelve disciples, He spent time alone (Luke 6:12; Mark 1:35).  After some of His miracles, He found solitude (Matthew 14:23; Luke 5:16).  And of course, just before Jesus would go to the cross for our sins, He spent some time alone with His Heavenly Father (Matthew 26:26-36).  Are you feeling worn-out right now?  There is no guilt in getting away.  Solitude is a gift God gives us, so we can recharge and refill.  If we don’t spend time away and time alone, the selfneglect can be dangerous.  One of the greatest things we can do for our own soul is to find solitude and pray.  Try this:  “Father, move Your Spirit within my spirit that I will recognize that You gave me time today to be alone with You.  Give me the wisdom to carve out space and time to stop what I’m doing.  Help me push pause and be quiet.  Refresh me today.  Renew my strength.  Pour into me, so that I can pour out to my family.  In the precious name of Jesus I pray.  Amen.”  Do you ever feel guilty for wanting some alone time?  Our Lord knew how important it was, so let’s carve out some time to be alone too.  Think for a moment, where in your schedule will you carve out solitude this week?  Even ten minutes count.  It will be worth more than anyone can know.  Pray you’ll find the solitude away from the multitude…

Pastor David