Solitude Is For The Birds

by Sheri Schofield

I’m getting desperate—I need people! Winter surrounds our home. Three inches of snow cover my car. Ice lies beneath the snow down our long driveway. It is so cold even the bunny is reluctant to come out of his burrow to hunt food. It is quiet up here. VERY QUIET. My husband Tim is a man of solid worth, but he isn’t a talker. Okay, maybe he can find three or four words to string together. But if he could make it two words instead, he’d do it. So, I’m trapped in silence. I cannot escape this mountain solitude until someone plows and sands the driveway.

“Aaagh! Cabin fever! Let me out!” I beg.

“Oh, alright.” Tim sighs, pulls on his boots and heads for the snowplow. My hero.

Solitude is pleasant—in small doses. Tim loves it. He enjoys his computer, working on cars, looking at the view from our mountain retreat and listening to music. But I need more people around me to satisfy my heart. God did not design me to be a recluse. It’s probably because He gave me a spiritual gift of evangelism. So, I headed for town, hoping to further cultivate my friendships with non-Christians.

That day my friend Levi* said, “You know, I’ve got a lot of things I wanted, but they just don’t satisfy me, now that I’ve got them.”

My thoughts went immediately to the Book of Ecclesiastes. “A man who was known for his wisdom wrote about that, Levi. It’s in the Bible, in the Book of Ecclesiastes. You could look it up online. I think you’d identify with what he says and would be interested in his conclusion,” I suggested.

“I’ll look it up,” he said. Levi is usually lonely and withdrawn. But he is opening up a little.

As I walked away, I thought, “No, he will not look it up. Not unless he has a Bible.” So I went to the Christian bookstore and bought him a New Living Translation. It had a special app he could use with his phone if he wanted to know more about it. Guys love apps, I thought. Levi will enjoy this.

I drove back to the gas station where Levi works and handed the Bible to him. His eyes lit up when I mentioned the app. I also gave him a key ring with a leather fob saying, “Jesus cares for you.” Levi was touched and promised to read Ecclesiastes. “After that,” I said, “read Matthew and keep going.”

Ecclesiastes isn’t where I direct most people who are searching for God. But I’ve learned to sail where the Holy Spirit blows. And it worked!

Two days later, Levi thanked me profusely for the Bible. I asked if he had used the app.

“No,” he said. “It’s the WORDS! The WORDS! I never knew what they meant before! It has inspired me to read the whole book!”

Levi was deeply moved emotionally. I could see the Holy Spirit had gripped his heart. God, who wants a huge family in heaven, wants this man to be there.

There will be no solitude in heaven, for God has been gathering people from every nation to be with Him. He will fill us with such joy that we will want to be continually in His presence. Our hearts will finally be fully satisfied, and we will never be lonely again. Heaven is a holy party place!

After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands. And they were shouting with a great roar, “Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!” Revelation 7:9-10, NLT

*Not his real name

This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).

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About the author: Sheri Schofield is an award-winning children’s author-illustrator and children’s ministry veteran of 40 years. Sheri was named Writer of the Year in 2018 at the Colorado Christian Writers’ Conference for her work in effectively sharing the gospel of Jesus. Her ministry, Faithwind 4 Kids, can be followed on her blog at her website, http://www.sherischofield.com. Questions welcomed!

FREE CHILDREN’S PROGRAM! Author/Children’s Bible teacher, Sheri Schofield, offers a free series of video lessons about Jesus and His salvation—for children ages 4 and up. It is available at her website www.sherischofield.com. In this video series, Walk-The-Talk Island, Sheri presents her award-winning book The Prince and the Plan, in 24 video lessons for your children, grandchildren and any others with whom you wish to share. In addition, Campfire provides devotions for children.

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