Rest, we will pay a high price to accomplish this. We jet off to an all-inclusive resort, cruise, or simply drive a few hours away to escape the ever-present busyness of our lives. In the digital age where our smart phones have become an extra appendage to our bodies, we struggle to find true rest. Jesus declared in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (ESV) Rest, emotionally, physically and spiritually.
Presently, the Lord is teaching me to rest to simply breathe in His presence. A constant and continual rest, so that when the pressures of life seem as if they are strangling out my very existence, I can lay my heavy burdens continuously at His feet. You may ask, how do I rest? How do I unplug for a while and hear the Lord? How do I convince my children that to disconnect from their Snap chat streaks or Instagram Posts will not lead to their demise?
Begin with yourself. How often to you spend on any forms of media or social media? Then, evaluate how long you are spending in the presence of the Lord in prayer, worship, and in His Word. If the first far outweighs the second, it is time to unplug.
A few suggestions might be: delete your social media apps; do not keep your phone on you 24/7 even as you walk around the house. When you sit down in your time with the Lord, turn your phone off, or simply put it away on silent. Develop a healthy exercise routine, and when you do, instead of listening to music, just pray and allow the Holy Spirit to impart truth to your spirit.
As you develop new habits, set these as standards in your home. You can have your student turn in their phone by 9 pm every night, and have a central charging place in the kitchen where all the devices are charged. (Wal-Mart alarm clocks work just as well to awaken us in the morning…just saying). As you sit around the dinner table, do not allow electronic devices at the table. This will hopefully lead to engaging conversation with your family allowing you to know what is going on in their lives.
Some of my favorite moments with the Lord are when I simply sit in silence with Him. It is often difficult to get to these times, but when I fight for them, I am so glad I did. So how about it, are you up for the challenge? Unplug this week, and hear what the Lord has to say.