Solitude, is something I think that everyone struggles with, making way for time to spend in such a manner just listening and being still. I know that I struggle with sitting still, concentrating, and even sometimes seeking the Lord out on things, or waiting on Him...to hear what He has to say.
I have been told by someone, whom I love very much, that 'Because I see you struggle I know you seek strongly after the heart of God...I love your gilded heart.' Maybe that person didn't use those *exact* words, but that is irrelevant, what is relevant is that they were right...because I do "fight the tide" and struggle to seek Him...to and fro...I know that my faith is growing on and on ever stronger and deeper!
Our solitude with Him...
"When they were alone, He explained all things to His disciples." (Mark 4:34)
God doesn't take us to the side to explain every minuscule detail...we may not always hear Him clearly and outright. He explains things to us in the way we each, individually will be able to hear and receive the 'Holy 2x4' to the head. He does this so that we might better understand Him and the plan that He has for us daily. God is always speaking to us! Sometimes it isn't a thunderous eruptive sonic booming commanding voice though...sometimes it is in the still silence that He will prick our heart's on a certain situation, or a prayer that needs to be said and vocalized to Him on the behalf of someone we feel called to pray for. God also requires us to examine our own souls...it will take all of eternity to do this task set before us I am sure. To know that we are not alone in doing this, in learning who we are, and in developing our gilded heart's for His people we begin to see Him working in our lives, and to hear his loving voice resting on our spirit and heart. The only one who truly sees us is Him! There are many things He has to say to us, if we would but only listen. He speaks in the seemingly mundane, in the silence, in a smile, in a night sky, in a kind word spoken from a fellow servant's gilded heart...He speaks through us His body. He is always there...always speaking, always listening and always loving...endlessly.
His solitude with us...
"When He was alone...the twelve asked Him about the parable." (Mark 4:10)
God will find us when we are still, when we sit still in solitude, when we 'just are.' I have learned this last year more than any other year: God uses all things to His eternal glory! God speaks to us, gives us His eyes, through even some hard things: heartbreak, temptation, disappointment, sickness, through unanswered prayers, and broken friendships.
"Notice Jesus Christ's training of the twelve. It was the disciples, not the crowd outside, who were confused. His disciples constantly asked Him questions, and He constantly explained things to them, but they didn't understand until after they received the Holy Spirit...Are we alone with Him now? Or are we more concerned with our own ideas, friendships, and cares for our bodies? Jesus cannot teach us anything until we quiet all our intellectual questions and get alone with Him." (see John 14:26) [excerpt taken from: Oswald Chambers' My Utmost For His Highest.]
"She is now seeking solitude..."
-Daughter of the King