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Learning How To Solitude

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*Warning: Lots of beautiful scenic pics below!*

 

Our worship staff recently took a short trip to Pedernales Falls State Park, southwest of Austin, for a day of Solitude. Honestly, it’s the first time that I’ve ever been a part of an extended time of silence, solitude, reflection, inspiration and writing.

In preparation for the day my friend, and director of Worship, Chris Collins sent us this note:

“We rarely talk about how Jesus would leave the crowd to go spend intentional time with the Father, but it really is a discipline that we, as leaders, must follow in His footsteps.

The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. 31 And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32 And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves.
— Mark 6:30-32

“There are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech. We should be better Christians if we were more alone, waiting upon God, and gathering through meditation on His Word spiritual strength for labour in his service. We ought to muse upon the things of God, because we thus get the real nutriment out of them. . . . Why is it that some Christians, although they hear many sermons, make but slow advances in the divine life? Because they neglect their closets, and do not thoughtfully meditate on God’s Word. They love the wheat, but they do not grind it; they would have the corn, but they will not go forth into the fields to gather it; the fruit hangs upon the tree, but they will not pluck it; the water flows at their feet, but they will not stoop to drink it. From such folly deliver us, O Lord.”
― Charles Haddon Spurgeon

So, that’s what we are going to do all day. We will go away by ourselves to a desolate place to rest a while, to sit and muse upon the things of God.”

And that’s just what we did. Here are some pictures from the day. I’ll share some thoughts after the pics.

 

 Here is a shot of most of our team heading out together right before we split off to be alone.
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Here is the spot that I found to spend time with the Lord.
Here is another view of my spot from farther away.IMG_0327

 

Here are some of the actual falls. If you look close, you can see another resident hanging at the top of the rock.IMG_0324

 

Here are two truths, and some lyrics, that I didn’t realize I needed to hear until we were out at Pedernales Falls:

1. Jesus is enough.
2.. There is no one like Him.

Obviously I knew this already but I just wasn’t believing it, you know? I wasn’t living as if it were true. These truths were echoed throughout Psalm 86. I must have read it about 3 or 4 times then wrote these lyrics all within the first hour of being out there:

“Lift up my eyes to see Your face
Gladden my soul with Your great love
Refresh my spirit with Your grace
Forever my God, You are enough

In the stillness You are here
In the chaos You are near
In every season You see us through
My Jesus, there is none like You

Teach me Your ways, I know they’re true
Show me again Your steadfast love
Unite my heart to fear Your name
Forever my King, You are enough

All of my days I’ll sing Your praise
Forever my Jesus You made a way
You are unchanging, so faithful and true
I will keep singing there is none like You”

I always want to share in case you also needed to hear these truths or in case these lyrics inspire you in any way. Love you all. Thanks for taking time to read this!

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