Do you remember the days when things were simpler…days when Google, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter didn’t exist? I remember waking up in my college years to coffee, prayer, and Jesus. It was quiet. That time was all that I wanted. It was all that I needed.
Life changes. Marriage vows are spoken. Children arrive. Sleepless nights won’t let up. Laundry grows. Dishes stink. Cleaning never ends. Work demands increase. Unexpected trials come.
As responsibilities increase and needs accumulate, I fight harder for my relationship with my heavenly Father. Navigating mornings in search of peace, requires wading through diapers, sleeping children, blinking phone messages and the open computer screaming my new Facebook notifications. My favorite, Instagram, calls for me to take a quick peek. Last night’s dirty dishes shamefully condemn me as I walk past. The laundry I forgot to change the night before beckons me. These are not bad or unimportant things, but they must wait.
DISTRACTIONS! Now I know why Jesus went outdoors to a place of solitude to pray. They are everywhere and are increasing as our society progresses with the next best thing.
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5
When I resist more of these earthly distractions, I find what my soul truly needs.
ineed the only thing that satisfies my restlessness. ineed to just be with Jesus. I wash my mind in His Word and climb in His lap to hear His whispers of love. ineed Him to remind me of who I really am. ineed. Yes, ineed.
2014 is my year to fervently determine to really KNOW God and be a little less “social” by saying, NO. No, to unproductive distractions, that is. I will know God when I make my most important ineed; abiding with Jesus. I must pave the way for my children and show them what is most important because they too are embarking on this same journey. They are facing this same battle with increasing resistance, and never knowing a world without technological distractions.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
My friend, what lures you away from undistracted time with God? It’s easy to readjust your “social media life” and resist the world’s distractions…
Just Say KNOW!