I read an article recently in Family Circle magazine entitled “Your Brain On Tech” in which the author, Christina Tynan-Wood, makes an argument that perhaps we are too connected to all of our communication gadgets, i.e. smartphone, laptop, iPad, et al. There is so much information available, and sometimes we think we need to know it all.
How often have you had lunch with a friend, and while eating and conversing, you or she check the texts, phone calls, or Facebook messages coming in on a regular basis. Or how about those who are talking with you and texting an answer to someone else at the same time. I have to say sometimes it is as if the person in front of us in not important enough to give our full, undivided attention. Where is our common courtesy?
Is it possible that our ever-present technology has become the newest addiction? Do I really need to know every news update all day long? Must I constantly be aware of who said what or who is going where or who cares who is doing what or going where?
Or I wonder if we are afraid of the silence if we turn off the computer, the TV, the radio, the CD or the MP3 player.
Ancient Word advise me to be still . . . and know my God (Psalm 49:9). Much of the time, it takes me being quiet to hear His still small voice.
Another place (Isaiah 30:15) says: For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.
We deny ourselves something wonderful when we fill our every waking moment with information and noise. There must be a place to draw aside, to quiet our hearts before our God, to be still and listen for His gentle whisper.
One of my favorite blog writers is Holley Gerth. She recently wrote about taking a Sabbath from technology every week. Her post came on the heels of my post On Saving Daylight and how I look forward to my Sabbath rest. She makes a valid point. I would love for you to follow me to Holley’s place and hear what she has to say. I think it’s worth a look.