“…he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone…”
– Matthew 14:23
The only thing that ever stays the same whenever I take that Meyers Briggs Test is the “N” part – “Intuitive” – everything else – the Introvert/Extrovert, Thinking/Feeling, Judging/Perception stuff – seems to constantly change. Right now I test as an Introvert. This month the idea of going “up into a mountain apart to pray” sounds really lovely to me. And I guess I’ve been feeling guilty about that. I’m not sure everyone understands the need some of us have for solitude. I worry it might be viewed as unfriendly or “not doing one’s part,” or even insulting, if I say no, I’m not going to be able to make it to that party; or no, I can’t go to that meeting; or no, I can’t join all of you this time.
But hey – even Jesus needed time alone, right?
“For three years after my discovery, I sought the solution of this problem of Mind-healing, searched the Scriptures and read little else, kept aloof from society, and devoted time and energies to discovering a positive rule. The search was sweet, calm, and buoyant with hope, not selfish nor depressing.”
– Mary Baker Eddy
Go and pray and taste that ‘wild mountain honey’.
I totally agree with this…I know it sounds weird but the best trips I ever had were the ones I took alone. I love the freedom and not having to worry about anyone else (because in reality I am always responsible for someone). I crave the solitude and I make no excuses for it. Those who really know you and love you would definitely understand.😊
Thanks, Bel! My thoughts, exactly!