“When Jesus heard of John’s execution, he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself.” — Matthew 14:12
“After the feeding of the multitude and dismissing the crowd, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When it was evening, he was there alone.” — Matthew 14:23
Christian Bible Lesson Overview
It is important to spend some time alone to analyze your current state and your future path. Regardless of whether you feel depressed or uplifted, you will benefit from spending some time alone thinking about your challenges and how you can improve your life. Prayers that cause you to think about your disappointments and your successes as well as your relationship with other people can be very powerful when you are isolated and focused on very specific topics.
This is not to say that you should not evaluate your life when you are with other people. It is important to think and work with others, but you do need time alone to assess your progress and continue to modify your path forward. Spending time focused on life and what you need to do to advance through your life plan requires some alone time with just you and God.
Christian Bible Lesson for Today
I did not understand the concept of planning and evaluating my life in isolation until I was in a later stage of life. I was fortunate because I did a lot of my thinking while trying to go to sleep at night. I was alone and was able to focus on specific objectives. When I was playing football in college, my thoughts were focused on how to help the team do better, and what I could do personally to improve from the experience. When I was in the Marine Corps, I thought about how to make the best use of my time to help protect other people. I was a pilot, so I thought about how to communicate with the other Marines to help them, to let them know I was there to serve them whether to take them to a location or move them from a bad situation.
When I had my business I spent time thinking about how to become closer to my customers. Most of my thinking regarding all these subjects was done at night when I was already in bed going to sleep. Sometimes I think the thoughts inspired dreams.
As I lived longer, I realized the benefit of spending some time alone to think about my life, how it was going, and my relationship with God. Then I wondered if some of the feelings I developed were inspired by God or the Holy Spirit. I do not claim to have had conversations with God, but those thoughts about possible conversations with God did change how I viewed my alone time. I realized that time was a major part of my planning and in some cases making major changes in direction.
I believe the time I spent in isolation but focused on my life and how to support other people was a major reason I was able to accomplish many goals. Although I did not understand that point until late in life, I was blessed because I did spend that time alone my whole life.
Christian Bible Lesson Summary
Although most of your time is spent with other people and that is good, you need to make an effort to spend some time alone to think about your life and the lives of those people near you. Allow God to bless you with insight that can have a major impact on your life and the lives of those you affect.