Being alone is the scariest thing for some people, which is understandable. But during solitude time, you’re not actually alone. Solitude time is a time where you take an hour of your day and dedicate it to God. As you sit in the in the middle of His creation “alone,” it gives you the opportunity to “hang out” with God with no distractions. It’s like having a coffee date with God in the middle of the forest. It’s just you, your Bible, your journal, and Him. Solitude time gives you time to stop, think, and pray. It really does have an impact on your life.
In this blog I will be sharing some insight from fellow students of Summit Semester, along with my own, about how solitude time has impacted our lives and what it’s like to us.
For Reed, solitude time has impacted his life in many different ways. The way he describes his experience is like a musician playing a song in the city streets. It’s a beautiful song you can only hear it if you get close enough. But even then you can barely hear the song due to the commotion all around you. Solitude time is like taking that musician and putting him in a place like a gig at a restaurant so everyone can quiet down and listen to him. The only thing you can hear is his beautiful song. “Solitude time is sort of like that for me,” Reed says, “All the commotion of the city noise that is going on around me is drowning out the music and I’m taken out of that element and can sit still and listen to God and it’s just Him. There is nothing else. Just me, my thoughts, and His music. It’s me and my relation to the music.”
Reed calls solitude time “God’s Symphony,” and with solitude time you can just take a few moments and listen to it. “There is no distortion of my experience with Him,” Reed explains, “It’s just interesting to be able to have that time of solace where you’re just sitting there listening to the pure, untainted, voice of God. There is nothing to pull you away from Him.” That is the beauty of solitude time. You are able to listen to our Lord’s word, His beautiful song, without having the distractions life throws at you. It’s more gratifying to be at the performance with Him then to simply trying to hear Him in the chaos of life. “The beauty of the symphony is that I not only get to hear it, but I’m in the middle of it all.” Reed continues, “I’m sitting there and I’m seeing the beauty being made and all the sounds as they come out. I get to see the little birds chirping. I get to see the horses and cows running across the fields. I get to see the mountains.” Reed’s solitude spot is on a side of a mountain and he gets to see all the gorgeous things about Colorado, the trees, the mountains, and the animals. “My favorite part about it, is seeing all that and knowing God looks at that and sees that it’s beautiful, but then He looks at me and says ‘You are more desirable than all of that.’ And that’s what I am reminded of when I sit there. I am a treasure of God and I am treasured above all this.”
It’s amazing how you can grow appreciation for the things you take for granted all because you can see it through God’s eyes. Solitude time helps you view things and get through things in a different way.
For Bethany, Solitude time has helped her to focus on her relationship with God. Bethany says, “It’s brought me a sense of peace and a different wholeness to what I’ve experienced here at Semester. On top of all the stuff we have learned and the repetition of things, it’s nice to have a break from that and get in my own kind of way I do things with God.” Sometimes as Christian we get stuck in repetition of things we forget the richness that God provides.
Bethany’s experience with solitude time has meant that she is able to break from the repetition and grow in who God created her to be away from the distractions of life, especially social media. Bethany explains, “It’s nice to have something that’s specific to me instead of like a corporate thing like small groups and group studies. It’s like something I can do with God. It’s a time to disconnect from everything else that you do and have it dedicated specifically to talking with God, hearing Him, and being open to what He has to say. It’s help me grow patience for myself.”
It is really awe-inspiring to see the impact that solitude time can have on your life. For me, solitude time has taught me to talk to God as my best friend: to unload my burdens, trials, and worries to Him in prayer. Sometimes we forget that only God can truly understand our pains and that by coming to Him, he can help us. He is the best doctor to cure our pains. Before solitude time I realized I was leaning on my own understanding of things and how to deal with them. I was dealing with my problems the wrong way, and solitude time has helped me give everything to God and know that He is in control. Knowing solitude time is next on the schedule after a really hard day of studying or just life in general brings me peace. Just by sitting in the middle of the forest with my cup of coffee in hand, journal and Bible on my side, I wait and listen. During solitude time I see God grow me most. It is definitely something I will continue once I get back home.
I think solitude time is definitely something all of us are going to be continuing once we get home. It doesn’t have to be an hour of time. Just a few minutes dedicated to God can help God work wonders with you. You are able to hear His symphony, while He brings you peace, and grows you. It’s definitely a beautiful thing to experience and see fellow students do, because as they do it I can see them grow and know that God is doing the same to me.
Kalauna Nunns hails from La Mirada, California. She enjoys loving and caring for children in the knowledge that childhood is a precious and formative time of life. This has led her to work as a Sunday school teacher, an in-home nanny for a family of four boys, and as a personal assistant to a boy with autism. Her desire to positively influence those around her has led her to develop her gift of creative writing; she is currently in the process of writing a fictional book series in the hope that it will present truth in a way that engages the imagination while showcasing a biblical worldview.