For over the last 5 years I have set time aside in my calendar for spending time with my Heavenly Father. And I am really protective towards this time of solitude. You have to otherwise other things (distractions) will take its place.
On Friday morning I would get up early and go to either a forest or take a stroll alongside a river. I would always have my camera with me to take pictures of the beautiful scenery. During my stroll I am talking to my Father about what kind of things are keeping me busy, or worried. But also I would take the time to tell Him how much I love Him, how proud I am that He is my Dad.
Two years ago I asked God to surprise me on my walk with Him. So I asked Him “where shall we go to tomorrow“? By way of an image He suggested a place nearby the home where I used to live as a child. So the next morning I would go to that particular place and on my walk through this wonderful landscape I saw a herd of deer, in total 9. How excited I was. They are such beautiful creatures and God knows how I love this. I even got them in front of my camera (see picture below).
On other occasions He would reveal some agreements I had made or confirm me in who I am to Him or on other occasions enjoying each other’s company. There is no pressure. Just being myself with my Heavenly Father.
Even Jesus needed to take time off with His Father, praying (talking to His Father)
“After sending the people away, he went up a hill by himself to pray. When evening came, Jesus was there alone” (Matthew 14:23)
“Very early the next morning, long before daylight, Jesus got up and left the house. He went out of town to a lonely place, where he prayed.” (Mark 1:35)
“But he would go away to lonely places, where he prayed.” (Luke 4:42)
“At that time Jesus went up a hill to pray and spent the whole night there praying to God.” (Luke 6:12)
I would like to challenge you to do the same, spending time with Jesus and God. What works for me is finding that quietness in nature, but you can also stay at home. If you do stay at home you must be mindful of the many distractions, which come in the form of duties and chores.
Unplug the telephone so that you can just relax and talk to Jesus and listen to His voice. Put on some worship music or listen to the soundtracks of the movies you love. It is all about drawing close to God and aligning your heart with His.
“Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.” (Matthew 6:6)
Have fun and enjoy the company of (y)our Father.