Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Gotta Get Away

After the people saw the miraculous sign that Jesus did, they began to say, "Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world." Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself. John 6:14-15

Today’s Reading: 1 Chronicles 4-6; John 6:1-21

I’ve always enjoyed my personal, quiet time.

I wrote a post a while ago about one of my bus adventures. When I’m not talking to my guardian angel on the bus, the bus is one of my quiet sanctuaries.

But it is more than just the bus.

The bus stop is about an eight minute walk from my apartment. I enjoy the quiet solitude of a walk, observing passersby as they walk, jog, run and drive to their next destination. I sometimes say hello and strike up conversations, but more often than that I just enjoy the experience from a distance. Sometimes I even create fictional life stories for them. I give them people to love, obstacles to overcome, and goals to achieve.

I’ve always had an active imagination.

And on the bus too I am provided the quiet time necessary to get completely lost in thought. When I read through the Bible the second time it was primarily done on the bus. In addition to the Bible I have read countless books, articles, and stories. I have also said countless prayers and spent many hours meditating.

We all need that quiet time alone. Often times it is hard for us to get it at home when there are so many people and things vying for our attention. If it isn’t one of the random commercials on a constantly running TV set trying to manipulate you into buying their goods and services it’s someone at home asking us to do something.

Home may be where the heart is but good gracious if only they’d just leave you be some times!

In the excerpt above folks were pushing up a bit too hard on Jesus and he had to go ahead and bounce to a mountain top. And you know what, I’m not mad at him.

Sometimes we gotta prioritize self. Otherwise we get caught up living life on other people’s terms instead doing what we have to do to achieve our own dreams.


  1. I read this on the bus and have to say that I couldn’t agree with you more!

    Gabriel V.

  2. The great thing about people wanting your attention, is that they want "your" attention! The bad thing about it, is that they "want" your attention.

    So true there needs to be a balance. If we all aren't lucky enough to live by a white sand beach with turquoise water where we can take a liesurely stroll to think and get away from it all, we have to do what we can, where we can, to achieve that personal time.

    I have to admit, being a passenger, one of my best and favorite zone out times. And sitting and watching life go by, is pretty high on the list too.

  3. Hey Man of God, I believe to truly walk in all that God has called you to do, you must first understand how and when to get away from the multitudes of people and get before the Father.

    It is a necessary requirement....

    Being in ministry, God has taught me how discern and know when to leave. Those who don't know, get worn out. I had to learn this the hard way. Of course, I wanted to pray for everybody. I've definitely learned how to be led by the Spirit.

    People will constantly pull on your anointing. I would pray for someone and twenty minutes later here they come again, yet God has already given them the word they needed to hear, but they want something else.

    Now, I just lovingly hug them and send them on their merry way with a big ole smile.


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