Let’s face the facts, World- we are too technologically dependent. It’s just kind of a fact at this point in life, one in which my family and I firmly prove is correct by the number of computers, phones, kindles, and anything else and the amount of time spent on all of them.
Look around and you see it literally everywhere, with both its pros and cons.
During VBS my 5th grade girls had phones and took pictures with me and posted them instantly to Instagram… 5th graders, y’all. I was literally still playing with Barbies at 5th grade (don’t judge me… I still don’t want to grow up. I jump at the chance to play with them while babysitting so it can be seen as socially acceptable.) I didn’t get my dinky little flip phone till I was 13 or 14 while these 5th grade girls have the newest iPhone 5… I don’t even have the iPhone 5!
Needless to say, technology is gradually forming our lives. How often do you check your phone for a new text or call? I don’t even wear a watch since I usually always have my phone with me to check the time. How many hours do we spend a day on our phone, surfing the web, on apps, or playing games? (I know for me it’s a ridiculous number that I seriously need to work on).
It’s when I leave my phone in my car when I go out in the country or put it away to have a meaningful and intentional conversation with someone that I realize how attached to my phone I am. It’s in those times that I really listen or take in the beauty of something.
This ridiculous dependence on technology usually hits hardest around the times when I really need to pay attention or be away from it. One of the prime examples is during my quiet time with God every day. It’s one of the main reasons I don’t like to have an online devo or read the Bible from my phone for my quiet time, because I will get so distracted and somehow end up on Facebook. It literally happens every time, so I’ve gotten to where I just set my phone away from me face down (so I don’t see the light flash up… because we all know how tempting it is to check once you know you’ve just gotten a text or notification) and not look at it till I’m finished.
While reading out of my new favorite little devotional book, Jesus Calling, it actually talked about this thought that I’ve been thinking about the past few days. On one of the days it said (as God talking),
“You need a buffer zone of silence around you in order to focus on things that are unseen. Since I am invisible, you must not let your senses dominate your thinking. The curse of this age is overstimulation of the senses, which blocks out awareness of the unseen world.”
Sarah Young, the author, was spot on when saying this. This age is over-stimulated by so many different forms of technology and entertainment that we fail to see the simple beauty of those things of God. We fail to enjoy the simple quiet and peace that comes with spending that ALONE time with God. ALONE referring to not only people, but technology and any other form of entertainment. When not all our focus is set on God, then literally everything else dominates our mind and we are not giving God all the attention that He definitely deserves.
Coming into a quiet time filled with distractions is like going to a lunch date with a friend and bringing your computer while also playing on your phone the whole time while, on top of that, multitasking to talk to a few different people at the other tables. Do you think your friend having lunch with you would be super thrilled that the attention wasn’t given fully to them after them coming and trying to meet with you and tell you things? To be honest, if someone did that to me, I would be extremely offended, as would anyone else, even though I know I have probably done that very thing on a number of different occasions.
So when coming into a quiet time, think of it as your alone time with God, because that’s what it is… “QUIET” time. Quiet of all distractions. Quiet and still to be open to hearing what God has to say to us through reading His word and the stillness when we can hear the Holy Spirit speaking to us.
Put away the computer. Put the phone down. Shut the door. Be still and know that He is God. [Psalm 46:10] Focus on what is NOT seen (that would be God… for the obvious reasons) and let go of looking at what is seen (that Instagram app.. That Facebook main page) [2 Corinthians 4:18]
Let’s start to give real life a try and soak in the simple beauty of Life.