Luke 5:16 says “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Jesus, who only had a three year ministry to train his disciples and preach the message of the coming Kingdom, was not too busy to find time alone in solitude. Jesus needed time to get away to be with the Father, and we too need time to get away. In Matthew 6:5-14 Jesus teaches us how to pray, part of his instruction includes going “into your room close the door and pray to your Father…” Solitude is a place of silence and being alone with God. Everywhere we go there is noise and something to distract us. We have our ipod, cell phones, car radios, CD players, television, DVDs, internet, and other devices that pollute our lives with constant noise and contact. Solitude is a chance to be away not just from people, but from everything, including your cell phone and be with God. Again Jesus spent 40 days of Solitude on the mountain, and that time was a time of strength. Find a half hour to be completely alone with God. This may mean you have to wake up early, or maybe go to bed late. This is a time to open your heart, and listen to God; it is another opportunity to discern the Holy Spirit in your life. In Solitude you find yourself not alone, but in God’s arms. In solitude you find strength.