Words from the Heart for Friday June 24th, 2016
At daybreak Jesus went out to a solitary place.
Luke 4:42 (NIV)
Finding a Solitary Place
Cell phones ring. Emails chime. Texts buzz. We live in a world of constant connectedness. But are we in fellowship with the Father? When was the last time you disconnected from the hustle and bustle of life and were alone with the Lord?
In 2014, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts opened their first pollinator bee hotel and it has been such a success, they are planning on expanding their fleet of bee-friendly rooftop resting places for solitary pollinator bees. These solitary bees make up 90% of the world’s bee population and pollinate one third of the food we eat. What, you might ask, is a bee hotel? Bumblebees and Honeybees live socially, but there are hundreds of other wild bee species that live alone, without a bee colony. Most crops are pollinated by honeybees and wild bees ensure garden plants and wildflowers get pollinated too. But due to habitat loss, fragmentation and unhealthy environments, solitary bees are suffering. These bee hotels serve as a resting place for these transient bees as they fly through cities and soon they will be on the roofs of Fairmont Hotels across Canada.
There are days when we find life overwhelming. It might be because we have too much to do that day, or because of financial pressures or health issues, or issues at work or school. How do you handle this? The Lord Jesus had days like that. The more He healed people, the more demands they put on Him. And while He was fully God, He never played the God card – He accomplished all He did because He was in continual connection with the Heavenly Father. What did Jesus do when the pressures of ministry took their toll on Jesus? Luke 4:42 tells us “At daybreak Jesus went out to a solitary place.” Jesus had been ministering late into the night. He knew that He needed some time with his heavenly Father. So he finds a solitary place – to be with God. We all need that. We all need a solitary place to spend time with the Lord. This isn’t the only time Jesus got away from it all – at other times he went out on the lake in a boat, or up onto a mountain. By doing so, he teaches us a lesson as well. Serving the Lord can be exhausting. The needs are so plentiful that it can be overwhelming. We are called to spend time with the Lord each day, in order to have the spiritual resources that he provides for the task to which he calls us.
These have been words from the heart.