I’ve heard the comment that when we’re young we seek excitement and passion, and as we get older we pursue peace. Perhaps as we age we think: “Been there done that, I simply don’t have the energy or I’m too old.” But no matter how old we get, God still places desires in our hearts that can be fulfilled.
Recently a friend shared her desire to work toward a degree but vacillated thinking she was too old. I fired right back at her, “You’re only sixty girlfriend, go for it.”
The Bible says in Psalm 37:5,
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.”
Does that mean we can do and have everything we want? No, God has placed desires in our heart but first we are to “take delight in Him.” That means creating a special place and time in our day to find solitude to seek God and get to know Him through reading His word and praying. I have discovered that my soul power and fulfillment comes from the places no one else sees. Seeking solitude and delighting in God builds my unseen foundation, recalibrates my reality and brings hope for peace or passion. You see I can have both.Continue Reading
When I speak at conferences I often use the phrase, “solitude is power.” The times we pull away to delight in God align every area of our life. I saw a visual example of this when in 2005 construction started on the new three-lane bridge in my city of Kelowna, British Columbia. Each day as I drove to work over the rickety old bridge, built in 1958; I eagerly looked for signs of progress of the new bridge. For the first two years I saw nothing. Throughout the next year as the bridge took shape, all I saw was a majestic concrete giant. Eventually it looked like a bridge and it officially opened in 2008 as the William R. Bennett Bridge. It was such a masterpiece that it was showcased on the Discovery Channel on October 28, 2009.
Over the three years that I waited for the new bridge to take shape and open up, I became fascinated with the building process. I was acutely aware that the greatest amount of work, and most strategic parts of the bridge were underneath the waterline. That is where the foundation was built to support and be strong enough for 50,000 cars that would cross over the bridge each day.
The beckoning in my soul for solitude is a call from God so that He can build a strong foundation in my life through His power and not mine. That means removing myself from all the noise, quit my striving or saying I’m too old, and wait on God to make life happen. God has given each of us unique abilities and desires that long to be unleashed. We will find the power to move into our peace or passion when we build the unseen parts of our soul.