When day came, Jesus left and went to a secluded place; and the crowds were searching for Him, and came to Him and tried to keep Him from going away from them. (Luke 4:42 NASB)
When Jesus went to a secluded place to pray and spend time with His Father, He was not looking for a scenic retreat. He was looking for a quiet, undisturbed retreat where He could avoid all distractions, focus on His Father, and hear the Still Small Voice. Hearing in that way is very difficult in the midst of the crowd.
You probably know a little about distractions. You sit down with your Bible and almost immediately the dog wants to go outside, family members have an urgent need that only you can meet, texts pop up on your phone and you just have to see them, Facebook starts calling your name. Whatever your distraction, the purpose is accomplished when you move your focus from our Lord to the situation at hand. Our lives are so busy that it is hard to find a truly quiet moment, isn't it? It is in those quiet, secluded times, however, that the Voice of God speaks most clearly.
Today, on this day of national thanksgiving, make a diligent effort to find a still, quiet moment and listen for that Still Small Voice in your heart. Thank God for all His kindness, mercy, and grace towards you and your family. On this day, take a break from asking and spend your time thanking. If your focus is on thanking God for blessings, a stopping place may be hard to find. Have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving Day!
Click here to read Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation. It's worth reading again.