“We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and privacy, and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.” C.S. Lewis
Privacy is a rare commodity; solitude is virtually extinct; and most of us start getting worried when we experience lengthy silence. It is, quite frankly, a recipe for disaster. C. S. Lewis talks about true friendship as stemming from the deepest part of a person, from the secret place of the soul, the inner chambers of true self. We are built to live in community, yet silence, solitude and meditation are critical for spiritual growth, to examine ourselves, and as we learn of ourselves, learn to be a good friend. It is no coincidence that time for devotions is often referred to as, “quiet time.” God’s voice is most clearly heard in silence, solitude, and privacy.
Please understand. There are many who read this that are lonely, and are sick of the solitude. The pain of loneliness is a terrific burden. As I mentioned above, we are built for community. Yet, for most of us, we need to learn to value solitude and silence. We need to learn to value it because it is so important to be able to meditate and to develop a true friendship with God. And it really is about learning to value it because setting aside time for silence to be alone with God is choice.
Most of us live in a very busy world. It is dangerous. Busyness withers the soul.
In silence, solitude and privacy we find friendship…with the God of the universe.