My husband and I raised three children, two girls and a boy. Looking back to their childhood I remember that our girls, being less than two years apart, squabbled a lot. I acted as referee for countless disputes between them, and on the occasions when mediation failed, I would separate the two by sending them to their rooms.
It was at this point that a remarkable phenomenon would take place in the Dougherty household – these two pint-sized opponents would, without hesitation, become the closest of friends! The girls would crouch down on either side of the air vent that was between their bedrooms, and they would talk, whisper, and giggle for as long as I left them alone. When isolated, the nearest voice they heard became their closest friend.
In that setting the voice and attention of one another is all they had, so they sought a means to connect. Is it not the same between us and God? If we intentionally separate ourselves from all others and seek Him privately, we will most certainly connect with Him.
How often were you told to go to your room as a child, and how often do you go there now? What quiet place do you go to in order to talk, whisper, and giggle with God?
Jesus knew how important this private time was. He would often leave the crowds of people and go aside to be alone with His Father. So, follow Jesus’ example, and go to your room. When you do, the nearest voice you hear will become your closest friend!
Mark 1:35 NLT Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.
Orig Posted by Donna M Dougherty at 3/15/2009 8:07 PM