"We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship." C.S. Lewis
Well that quote is very timely for me to read - since last Sunday the challenge issued by the teacher of my Sunday School class was to set aside a 30 minute block, 3 days for a time of solitude with God. No TV, no music, no people, just you and God, and maybe a journal/Bible. I realized that the thought of silent solitude scares me. Just me and my thoughts is not usually a place I like to be. But despite my hesitations and the fact that I was with 2nd and 3rd graders Sunday-Wednesday, I was able to seize some chunks of time to try the solitude thing. The first time a verse kept rolling around in my head;
"For I know the plans I have for you", declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope, and a future."
The next day I discovered that verse to be one of the memory verses for the campers for the week. (I probably memorized it at a week of camp back in the day myself, come to think of it...) Not surprisingly, now that I'm back surrounded by my computer, and the T. V. and my C.D. player, etc, though I have more time, I am much more easily distracted... I need to fast from media.