Today, we’re more connected with the world than we have been at any other point in history. We can chat with people on the other side of the world with ease and collect vast amounts of information at a moment’s notice — this is incredible! I am constantly being bombarded by images, videos, and text all vying for my limited attention. My squirrel brain is being pulled in a million different directions simultaneously, in the hopes of not missing a single thing.
While I love this fast pace of life, there’s something precious about silence and slowness.
I used to love blasting the radio or having a mini-Broadway musical in my car in the middle of traffic but now I enjoy the silence of taking a drive. There’s something freeing about turning off the radio, eliminating the sounds around me, and just taking a moment to be. It’s nice to leave my phone at home and go for a walk around the block or just spend a day with a friend with no agenda other than enjoying each other’s company, technology-free (except for the obligatory Instagram post of our meal before we dive in — it’s part of my millennial duty).
When was the last time you took a minute to slow down?
Or when was the last time you just enjoyed a moment of silence?
I think it’s no coincidence that the Bible places such a high value on silence and stillness. How often did God command his people to “be still and know that I am God”? Or how many times did Jesus withdraw somewhere to pray by himself? These are themes throughout the Old and New Testaments and the need for silence and slowness is hardwired into each individual person.
Our ability to connect with the world and with each other digitally is an incredible gift, but it shouldn’t take priority of connecting with God and ourselves. I encourage you to carve out a few moments to meet with God silently today. Then, take the time to check in with yourself. This process can be a quick as a few minutes or can be as long as a few hours — it’s completely up to you. I wonder how our interactions with others, digitally and in person, would change if we took the time for silence and slowness every day?
Let’s give it a try this week and see what happens.
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