All these years later, I still like to slip away. Today there is no one standing at the door calling me, but I still enjoy time alone--to think, to ponder, to consider. An introvert who loves the company of others, I still need time to recharge away from the crowds. Without this time alone, I find myself becoming drained and not much good for anything. My slip away place these days is my home. My back yard is fenced and not in view of my neighbors. I am able to withdraw inside my home, or on the patio and spend much needed time debriefing and regrouping. Prayer, thinking, and contemplating are all accomplished much more effectively when I am alone--when I have slipped away.
We were given the example of the need to slip away by Jesus in The Word. Even Jesus ~ the ultimate people person~felt the need to leave the crush, remove himself from the crowds, to seek solitude to spend time in conversation with His Father. He did not stand in front of the great crowds and publicly broadcast his prayers, but instead slipped away to the intimacy of only The Father and Him.
Take some time--slip away--and talk to and most important listen for The Father. It is a learned habit which gets easier with practice. If it was good enough for Jesus--perhaps we should give it a try. Slip away today--be still--and know.