All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone, (Blaise Pascal, 17th century French philosopher)

Pascal’s observation seems too simple. We live in a complicated society, and everyone seems too busy to sit quietly for any length of time. Have you tried it lately? Get away alone; put away your cell phone and tablet; avoid social media of every kind and just sit. Most of us have a hard time doing that because our minds rush to all there is to do. Yet, solitude may, indeed, be just what we need to be content.

Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile” (Mark 6:31).

Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him (Psalm 62:5).