There comes a time in life where you may suddenly find yourself in a season of solitude and separation.
A season where you feel very much alone.
Often, the season arrives unexpected. A loss of a relationship, a move to a new city, a new job, the loss of familiar community, or the beginnings of unfamiliar life responsibilities. During these times it becomes vital that we understand what God is doing in our lives, or we will soon grow discouraged and weary. This a time where choices are made, and courage is required. A place where faith must be forefront, and feelings set aside. Ruthless trust will have to be at the core of your relationship with God.
Your season of separation is sacred to God. It is in these solitary seasons, when you find yourself in lonely spaces, that God is reaching to do some of the deepest work in your life.
Alone at Your Jordan
Oswald Chamber’s refers to this season as “the time in your life when you must face your Jordan alone.” The Jordan River in scripture represents a time of separation. This is the place when Elisha was separated from Elijah. Elisha was losing his mentor, his pastor, his friend, his community, but it was time for him to walk alone. In the final moments between them, Elijah asked Elisha to decide what he wanted in life. Elisha had to make a choice. Elisha chose well, and received a double portion anointing on his life. God will also ask us to make choices in times of separation. The decisions we make during these times will serve as a catalyst for our futures. Choose well. This experience must come, as Chambers says, it is how we grow.
Solitary seasons serve eternal purposes. When God seeks to birth something new in your life, a season of separation will occur. Scripture gives us many examples of this pattern. We see it in the life of Moses, Ruth, Elisha, David, Paul and others.
Times of waiting and walking alone with God, always precedes times of birthing. Solitary and lonely seasons become the great spiritual incubators of new life.
The Great Lie
But here is the danger; this is the easiest season of your life to abort. When we find ourselves in a lonely season, our souls become needy. The heart then becomes vulnerable to any number attachments, attitudes, or unhealthy alternatives. The heart does this fill the space inside us that God is excavating for Himself. The heart is also seeking to avoid the great lie- that you are destined to be alone in this season forever, and it will serve no purpose. That is the great lie inside your season of solitude.
God will use times of separation for consecration, set apart for a special purpose, but the enemy will want you to feel only isolation. Self pity and bitterness will try to find a place in your season. Instead of listening to these lies, allow yourself to feel the enormous pleasure of being set apart by God, and be full of expectation for the promise the season holds. Remain in an environment where truth can be heard in order to steady emotions and receive all that God has for you.
If you are finding yourself in a lonely season of solitude and separation, here is some truth you need to hear today:
Do not believe the great lie.
You are not alone, and this season is not forever.
God is closer to you than ever before.
You have been chosen.
You have been separated unto God, by God.
God is calling you up to higher ground.
And it starts with an exodus from old things.
You have a great purpose, and He will get you there.
Read Priscilla Shirer’s resolve about this season and make it your resolve. You will soon find this season over, and find yourself on higher ground, where the air is clear, vision is sharp, and your relationship with God is deeper than ever before.