Solitude 6

For a few years now I have been making it my practice to set aside Wednesday as a special day.  I call it my “chai tea and theology” day, and it is my favorite day of the week.  On this day I spend extended time with God.  I read and study His Word, and I listen.  I pray about decisions and for people I love, and I listen.  I love it when I can take a walk or to work in the garden and I listen.

This day has become essential to my well-being. It nourishes my soul.  I, like you, have a busy lifestyle and many people who depend on me.  I love to be part of whatever is going on at my church, and I love to work hard.  But I can’t maintain my industrious ways without my day of rest.

A day of rest and seeking God is a biblical principle that many of us have forgotten.  God created the world in six days, and on the seventh day He rested (Genesis 2:2).   From the time of the ancient Hebrews, God told His followers to rest on the seventh day and to keep it holy (separate, set apart, different; Exodus 20:8). This principle became a problem by Jesus’ time when the religious people of the day had created so many rules that the day of rest became anything but a day of relating to God.  When the religious people ‘called Jesus out’ for harvesting some grain to eat, Jesus spoke to their ridiculous accusation in this way: “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath (Mark 2:27, NIV).

The principle is just as true for us today.  The day of rest and relating to God is for our souls.  It nourishes us.  It’s not about following rules or a tradition to make God happy.  I have come to value this day and protect it as well as I am able, because it is on this day that I am renewed to do all that I do during there rest of the week.  My ‘sabbath,’ my regular day of rest, has changed me.  I have become more attuned to hear that still small voice of God, and I am better able to follow.

I write this not as a shame to you if you don’t (or can’t) set aside a day like this.  I’m simply sharing it because it is so important to me, and I would like to encourage you to consider some time alone on a regular basis to read what God has said, to talk to Him, and to listen.

God bless you.


About Vicki Gatchell

I am a wife, a mother of four, a small-town girl, a lover of people, and most recently, I have been overwhelmingly called to share the message of Jesus Christ in Grace and Truth. I grew up on a farm near Hicksville, Ohio where I raised sheep and was nurtured in a love for nature. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Physical Therapy from The Ohio State University and have been practicing Physical Therapy for over 25 years. I received my Master's Degree in Ministry Studies and Women's Leadership Studies from Grace College and Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. I am a life-long student of theology, a longtime ministry volunteer, and I feel called to step forward and lead.

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6 thoughts on “Solitude

  • Gayle yoder

    Refreshing to read your blog. Thank you for sharing. It’s evident you love God and want to do what He has planned for you. You have a gift of making people feel at ease. Making it easier to share what’s on their minds. And that someone really does care what you have to say. Blessings!!

    • Vicki Gatchell Post author

      Thank you Gayle. Your encouragement truly means a lot. I really like hearing your heart and I know it seeks after God. I usually find it easier to share my thoughts in a smaller group, but I feel God has called me to step out of that comfort zone and share with more people.

  • Laurie

    Yes, Yes and yes. For those who have never experienced the challenge to make this happen each week and it is a challenge, but worth the work to make it happen! You have been so encouraging – Thank you. Go ahead give honor to God by giving Him yourself, your time, your thoughts, your prayers, your very breath! Good thoughts and ideas for us all thanks again! <3