by Rev. Mark Narum, serving as Bishop
In the morning, while it was still very dark, he (Jesus) got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. And Simon and his companions hunted for him. Mark 1:35-36
I love to drive. It is a gift to have several hours of uninterrupted time for prayer and pondering. In the car I can be alone, no radio, no phones, nothing but the hum of tires on pavement as the miles slip past. Sitting quietly in an easy chair or at a desk is difficult for me, driving is a different story. Sitting behind the wheel occupies my hands, leaving my mind free.
My world, our world is shockingly different than Jesus’ in almost every imaginable way. We get our food in different ways, we work differently, we have gifts of electricity and natural gas which make life easier. However, there is at least one similarity – we need time away, by ourselves to pray. Alone, with our God, we pray, confess, thank, seek direction, lift up the needs of others and much more.
You may not be able to slip off to a deserted place but I do encourage you to find time alone with God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who longs for connection with you through the Holy Spirit. Carve out your own deserted place whether it is your favorite easy chair, your office chair or your car seat – the place does not matter, the prayer does. Deserted places are the places where relationships are strengthened.