Solitude — Angus Buchan

“And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.” — Matthew 14:23 (NKJV)

As we are getting very busy preparing for the wonderful Christmas Season, it is also very important that we spend time in solitude with the Lord. Family are coming home, visitors from overseas, children from University and Boarding School, men closing up work for 3 weeks holiday, well deserved holiday, but in the hustle and bustle and business of daily life and preparing for the Christmas Season sometimes we forget the most important thing and that is to spend time with our Heavenly Father.

Now Jesus never neglected that time as we have read in the Scripture verse Matthew 14:23 (NKJV). The eagle is a solitary bird, it does not fly around with flocks of geese. The lion is a solitary animal which spends a lot of time on its own.

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God has been talking to me personally that He needs more time with me. More solitude, more quietness, which I intend to do in the year 2024.

If you don’t put it in it cannot come out. We really need to take this Christmas break to spend lots of time resting in the Lord so that we can be fully strengthened and ready to face the New Year (2024).

We need to sit at His feet in the sacred privacy of His blessed presence. We need to learn again how to meditate on the Word of God.

One of the ways in which I spend time on my own with the Lord is on my mountain bike. Riding my mountain bike before the sun comes up. I use a light on my bike and just spend time in the presence of God. Another way to spend time is riding my horse, going up into the hills — just me and my horse, Snowy and the Lord.

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Another time is working with my bees. I love bees. I am a beekeeper, just to see how wonderful those little insects are, how hard they work and how they do everything in an orderly manner. These are the things which inspire me.

Jesus bless you as you spend time with God over this Christmas Season

Angus Buchan

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