Do you enjoy time on your own? Some peace and quiet to be yourself to do what you want? Some people call this solitude – precious time to oneself. Others call it loneliness. They hate always being by themselves, never having anyone to talk to or anything different happening. The walls they sit in feel like a prison cell from which there is no escape. This is particularly how most of us feel at the moment as we are all experiencing these feelings with enforced isolation designed to keep us ‘safe.’
We should be able to find some help from the Bible if we feel lonely or if we want to spend time quietly meditating. Time spent in quiet reflection or meditation is called ‘Mindfulness’ these days and considered to be very good for our mental health. The Bible tells us there is ‘ nothing new under the sun.’ So we should not be surprised that we can find examples of how to spend time meditating on God’s word to help us through difficult times such as these as we reflect on where our life is leading us and what will become of the way we live when we are free to escape our lockdown.
David the great King of Israel obviously felt like this. Here is an example of some of his meditations about God.
‘Oh how I love your law. It is my meditation all the day. You, through your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies; for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation.’
We too would feel great benefit if we could spend some time on our own away from our busy lives and open our Bibles to meditate on the wonderful promises God has made for this world and for any who choose to follow His Way.
Psalms 119 v 97