HERITAGE AT HOME
Quiet Time in Quarantine
“Remember to thank God for the conditions that are requiring you to be still. Do not spoil these quiet hours by wishing them away, waiting impatiently to be active again. Some of the greatest works in God’s kingdom have been done from sickbeds and prisons. Instead of resenting the limitations we have been given, search for God’s way in the midst of these very circumstances. Quietness and trust enhance our awareness of God’s Presence with us. Do not despise these simple ways of serving Him. Although you feel cut off from the activity of the world, your quiet trust makes a powerful statement in spiritual realms.”
Jesus Calling, Sarah Young
What if we turned the tables and looked at our “Safer at Home” mandate like opening a gift? We now have the opportunity to spend quiet time with God and there are so many benefits to spending quiet time with God.
It opens up the contents of our heart, allowing us deeper access to God than we experience at other times. The type of quiet time our Father in Heaven is offering to us right now during the Coronavirus is the type of quiet time that can offer healing and restoration to a broken spirit. It’s the type of quiet time where we cannot be interrupted by friends, family, phones, work…
Rather it’s a place where we find ourselves vulnerable, weak, sinful, deprived, and broken. A place where there is no one to watch, judge, or interpret what we say or think. A place where the Holy Spirit often brings us face to face with hidden motives and compulsions. A place where the struggle against the compulsions of our sinful nature meets the loving God, who offers Himself as the foundation and core of our new self. A place where total and unconditional surrender to our Lord Jesus Christ occurs.
How important is quiet time to the health and well-being of our spiritual nature? Well, Jesus sought it before He began His ministry:
“Immediately the Spirit compelled Him to go out into the wilderness. And He was in the wilderness forty days being tempted by Satan; and He was with the wild beasts, and the angels were ministering to Him.”
Then, throughout the next three years, Jesus returned again and again to quiet time and solitude, where the rush of attention and the accolades of the crowds could be put into their proper perspective. I imagine that quiet time with God was a way Jesus remained in touch with His true identity in God.
Think of your quiet time with God as a time to rest in the Father. Lean into Him. Trust in Him. Listen to Him so you can recognize the difference between God’s voice and the voice of the world. It also offers a way of paying attention to the Holy Spirit and what He wants to bring to our heart, soul, and mind. So, enjoy your quiet time…its not going to last forever.
Rick and his wife, Suzi, joined Heritage Christmas 2018 and have since taken up leading a Community Group. Rick, who is a retired fire chief, is currently undergoing the process of becoming one of Heritage’s elders.