Solitude is the space where I face myself,
The place where myself is faced,
A case for authenticity.
Solitude is the space where I hear from God,
The place where God hears from me,
A case for divine friendship.
Solitude is the space that confronts my masks,
The place where my masks are removed,
A case for vulnerability.
Solitude is the space that calls me inward,
The place that releases me outward,
A case for renewal.
When I run from solitude, hide from it, dodge it, last less than ten minutes inside of its embrace before wiggling out to clothe myself again in noise - I am also hiding from, running from, dodging, and outright resisting in my life… authenticity, divine friendship, vulnerability and renewal. Solitude is not me plus one other person. It is not me plus my phone. It is not me plus some external noise. Solitude is nothing more than me and God.
Ever so scary.
Ever so wonderful.
Ever so necessary.
Friends, be brave.
Reflection: Do you resist being alone? What are you afraid will happen if you face yourself? I suggest engaging 15 minutes of solitude today. Carve out the space and time for it. You are much more beautiful in this season than you realize. You will not see that until you stop and face yourself. The Father is jealous for time alone with you. Solitude. Let me know how it goes! <3
Katie Luse is a speaker and writer who is passionate about navigating life with eyes on a hunt for beauty.