Don’t be afraid of it!
This is one of the Easter themes that gets over looked. Even though most of the disciples may have been together that awful day, they each remained in the solitude of their thoughts as those who ran away when the Lord was arrested and crucified. Peter would go out after denying the Lord times and weep in the solitude of misery. The dead body of Jesus would be laid to rest in the solitude of the tomb where no live body can remain. The women quietly approach the grave that first Easter morning having knowledge of the words Jesus spoke regarding His resurrection, but in solitude their hearts were broken as they went to finish the burial process.
The Lord has great surprises for those who are not afraid to enter into solitude.
sol·i·tude | \ ˈsä-lə-ˌtüd , -ˌtyüd\
1: the quality or state of being alone or remote from society: SECLUSION
2: a lonely place (such as a desert)
The Bible has many references describing times when His people enter into solitude for spiritual reflection, prayer, growth, and connection to the Almighty. Sometimes is was by accident while running away from trouble. Sometimes after being confronted with sin, Jesus often took time to be alone. One of the prescribed actions of personal meditation and study of God’s Word is to go off alone. My guess is that many of us can speak of the times we have experienced solitude.
These times can be where we listen to God, confess our sins, seek His strength through the power of forgiveness, and pray. We grow in our faith and we grow more closely connected to the Savior’s love.
On this side of the empty tomb we celebrate! Alleluias resound throughout the Church. We approach those celebrations in the solitude of our thoughts that tell us we are unworthy and undeserving and, in that solitude, we discover the God who loves us without measure or limitations.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Solitude is the sacred ground we occupy while preparing for the spiritual battles we will face.
Never fear being alone with the Lord.
He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!