Saturday, October 13, 2012

30 Days of Authenticity- Day 5: Rest in Him

"Beware the barrenness of a busy life."
~Socrates

We have the technology and means to go anywhere we want at any time we want.  At any given moment, we can know exactly what's going on anywhere in the world without leaving our homes.  We now fall asleep with smartphones in hand.  We interrupt the precious gift of rest to immediately respond to anyone who texts, tweets, posts, or comments.  We rarely allow ourselves moments of true rest because we must be constantly connected. 

I will confess that I'm guilty of this.  My sister suggested that I turn off my phone a few days ago and I chuckled at the mere thought of it.  I'm old enough (shudder) to remember life before instant access to everyone and everything.  We survived.  We were still complete and happy.  As a whole, maybe society was more content.  I know these things, but I still wasn't interested in turning it off.  Crazy, huh? 

Whether you think you can or cannot function without this constant connection, remember that there is good and bad involved.  Everything has pros and cons.  We already have work, school, church, family, and friends keeping us busy.  We have things we're preparing and chores we're doing.  In the middle of all this, we've tricked ourselves into thinking that everyone has a right to immediate access to us. We've bought into constant access to us, but also constant busyness. 

Rest.  Even God in all His omnipresence rested after the creation of this world and all that was in it.  After all, our bodies are temples (see 1 Corinthians 6:19).  Take care of your temple and rest!  Don't run yourself ragged all the time.  The other and possibly most important downside to this constantly busy life is that we often have time for everyone and everything, but God.  We were created by Him and for Him.  If we can't slow down enough to spend time with Him, then we're just way too busy and (or) too connected.  I saw this on Pinterest a while back.  How true!
 
The Bible talks about stillness several times.  Perhaps one of the most known is Psalms 46:10:

“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” 

Some of the others talk about being still before or during battle and trouble (Exodus 14:13-14, and bunches of Psalms, for example).  Sometimes the verses focus on being still so that you can hear God (Numbers 9:8, Isaiah 4:6, and, again, plenty of Psalms).  That's where we need to be today.  If we're too busy for God, then we're probably not hearing much He's saying.  If we're not listening to Him, then we're definitely not authentic, for it's impossible for us to live authentically without Him.  Slow down.  Be still.  Rest.  Disconnect for a while and spend some time with Him. 

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