"Woe to him who says to wood, ‘Awake!’
To silent stone, ‘Arise! It shall teach!’
Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver,
Yet in it there is no breath at all." Habakkuk 2:19
A life lived in the present moment with all it's difficulties and joys, does not pass away. Being fully present---not avoiding the things that we want to avoid in our daily life---means that we will also open ourselves up to the refinement that comes from the Holy Spirit. His voice will become soft and noticeable. The distractions that called us away from hearing His voice are gone and His voice remains. Getting away from the frantic pace of screen connect gives way to the gentle pace of the Holy Spirit and His life giving ways. The internet gives a false sense that life must always be breaking news and exciting. The latest videos and headlines bombard us into a sense of hyped up, excited living. This is not true joy. True joy comes from the lasting deep down love and holiness that is God. Joy is when we no longer rely on a machine to give us life and a sense of security, relaxation and excitement, but we rely on the living and everlasting God.
There will never be regret that we spent too much time with people we love, investing in their hearts and loving them. We will not look back and regret turning off computers, phones and ipads. There can be regret that we spent too much time with machines and too little with those alive in front of us. Hearts need tending too and often the disruptions of human emotions and moods are opportunities God brings to minister and love those around us. They are not disruptions from our screens and the "fun" we want to have, they are opportunities for the love of God to be shown. Viewing disruptions as opportunities and asking God to guide us in His will brings peace to the heart.
"Arise, for it is your task, and we are with you; be strong and do it.” Ezra 10:4
"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." Romans 12:2
Prayer: Lord, help me to connect fully in the life you have given me. Remove my distractions, the ones that blind me to allow me to see only you God. This life can layer and layer distractions so thick that we can no longer hear or see you God. De-clutter my distractions and machines that do not have life and show me the ones who are living that I can invest in, show me your life giving ways. Amen.