I can’t get this quote out of my head. When I first read it months ago, I underlined it, but didn’t think too much about it. Later on, however, I began thinking about it over and over again and it began to work on my heart.
“I have discovered that all the unhappiness of man arises from one single fact, that they are unable to stay quietly in their own room.” - Pascal
Did you get it? If not, you may trying reading it again or just contemplate it for a few minutes.
The man or woman who has learned the art of being alone while simultaneously being content is no longer being controlled by anything. They do not require any sort of external stimuli to occupy their mind or keep them entertained, for that person is fully at peace not only with who they are, but with who God is. This person is free, a slave to nothing.
There are often times in my life when my heart and mind are far too busy - too full to stay quietly anywhere for very long.
But this is what I want. This is what I desire. I want to sit in a room without my phone and I want to pray without making a to-do list. I want to get on social media without feeling as though my life is incomplete and I want to sit at the dinner table with my family and be fully present in the moment. I want to see an open weekend as a joy and I want to walk slowly enough to enjoy the beauty of life around me.
And I’m not sure the remedy to this problem will be one that is easy. It’s quite possible that the only way to accomplish this task is to force yourself to sit quietly. To push past the point of distraction or past the point of comfort. To stop thinking about all the things “I could or should be doing.” To just sit, to simply be, to say no to the lies that I need “something else” to satisfy me.
My prayer for you (and myself) during this prayer and fasting journey is that as you remove certain things in your life, God is enough for you. This process will require much training but I believe peace is truly found in these moments of solitude. I'm praying for you!