The time that Jesus spent in solitude and prayer seems to be connected to how anchored he was in knowing his purpose and why he came. He was unaffected by the cries that "everyone is looking for you." He remained undeterred from what he knew he was to be about.
It is when we spend time alone with God, connecting and conversing, that we remain on point with why we are here. This kind of time with God anchors and centers us. God speaks, ministers to us, loves on us, comforts, befriends, strengthens, renews and refreshes us.
Would you consider making this kind of time with God a primary intention for your life and growth? This is how we reenter the world steeped in the awareness of being as Christ, God-centered, in our everyday encounters.
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him and when they found him, they exclaimed: "Everyone is looking for you!"
Jesus replied, "Let us go somewhere else--to the nearby villages--so I can preach there also. That is why I have come." So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
For Reflection and Prayer:
Lord, what are you pointing at for me in this passage?
How is my heart being spoken to at this moment?
Where might this word intersect with my life right now?