One of my favorite memories and something that I get to continue to do in my life is to be alone in the woods, somewhat isolated from “civilization” or anyone else. I am still fortunate enough to get to do this a few times a year by the way of summer hikes or fall hunting trips.
When I first get out there, away from all of the noise that surrounds us every day, I notice that my senses seem heightened. All of the sights, sounds, and smells feel more intense. After being out for a while, there are times that the isolation really feels tangible. It can feel like you are the only one in the world.
That is when it really impacts me that my relationship with Christ is truly a personal one. I love being with other believers and the Church, but being alone gives me a different viewpoint. I think that is why Jesus occasionally withdrew from everyone. As Christmas approaches we are reminded that Jesus came to save the entire world. I love knowing that he would have come if I was the only one in the world.
Jeff White, Elder