Last week I was feeling a little overwhelmed by all the avenues we are pursuing, yet we really enjoy each one. Social media is jumping way ahead of us, so we're both learning bits and pieces each day to try to catch up!
I do not process things very quickly, so there is no smoke rising from my head as I try to figure all of it out. However, I AM learning daily and I consider these new challenges to be the ultimate brain gym! I never want to stop learning, but there are days when online tasks needing to be done stand before me like a big giant with wires coming out everywhere!! You get sucked in by so many interesting things that it's easy to become oblivious to the world and people around you. You likely know I'm talking about the Internet!!!
Our devotion yesterday morning reminded me how crucial it is to sit still in God's Presence. To set aside time daily to commune with Him. I don't get things done quickly, and I get so focused on what I'm doing that time clicks by and I get antsy because I want to finish what I am doing. As my online learning advances, I take on more challenges and think of more possibilities. By dinner-time, I'm overwhelmingly mentally exhausted.
I'm totally missing the point, as well as precious time with the Lord when this happens. One of my specialists, a head trauma psychiatrist, told me to do less (take time for rests, a cup of tea, etc.) in order to achieve more. It took a long time for me to figure that one out, but gradually I was "getting it."
God gently spoke to my heart through yesterday's devo, reminding me that HE is the one who has given me certain gifts and talents. My part is to seek time with Him so He can continue his creative work through me.....as I focus on Him. He doesn't want me to give it all up, try to get more done faster, or close the door on new ideas. He wants me to let Him set the pace and the direction. The only way He can do that is through a heart which is still, quiet and seeking guidance from Him instead of hammering keys looking for answers on the Internet (which can often create more confusion than solutions).
Our computers are amazing tools which provide answers to most questions. But sometimes I consult this screen in front of me (because I have a super curious mind and I am a writer), instead of setting aside some quiet time with my Lord daily. I could even go so far as to say that it could become a dangerous "master" of my life if I don't consciously keep it in check. The same can be said for texting. It can, and does become addictive, in a way that can often draw folks into a solitary world where spending time with others is no longer a priority. We crave the abundance of information which is literally available at our fingertips. And heaven forbid we miss a text because we're taking time to eat without the cell phone nearby!
I'm not knocking computers or the Internet. I'm fully aware of, and appreciate the important and crucial role they play in today's society. I also appreciate the instant access we have to family, friends and businesses from all over the globe. But if we don't set aside time for our Lord, we will be spinning circles at a frantic pace. We will be edgy, or distracted when spending time with others. We will look for answers, pay bills, do some shopping, watch videos and "surf" via technology. Precious time with the Lord may not even make it onto our "to do" lists.
We need to guard our time with God. We need to seek genuine wisdom and answers from the very Maker of this world, through His Holy Word. We need to feel His love and Presence. We need Him. Yes, the Internet and computer are incredibly amazing and valuable tools, but that's all they should be.......tools. When they lure us away from time with God, they become adversaries.
The only way to have true wisdom, victory and immeasurable inner peace is to surrender some time each day so God can do His best work in, and through us. Guard that precious and transforming time with the very One who cares most about you.
"I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble. Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life...Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life." (Prov. 4: 11-13, 23 NIV)
"The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words." 1 Cor. 2: 10b-13 NIV)
KEYWORD: STILLNESS (Hint: Ways to set aside some quiet time with God)
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