Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Over-Stimulated & Desensitized

Mark 6:31-32
"And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. 32 So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves."

Busy.  Life is Busy.  Sometimes there is so much in front of us that we can't see past the pile of obligations that seems to get bigger and bigger.  Church, work, family, recreation, eat, sleep and then try to do it all over again.

We can get so busy that time we spend quiet with God gets smaller and smaller.  His voice becomes more and more quiet until all we can hear is noise.

I know this all to well.  Nathan has a sinus infection, is having his ear tubes put in and adnoids removed.  Maya is starting physical therapy for turned in toes.  Donavon is now seeing his pediatritian, Neuro-psychiatrist, Urologist, as well as dealing with IEP meetings, parent-teacher conferences, homework, and Royal Rangers (Christian scouting group).  Add to this volunteer work on Wednesday nights with the Kids' groups at Church, Women's Bible Study on Friday nights (my girls' night in) and making sure my husband gets all the spousal attention needed (definitely not a chore but time that must be scheduled in!)  Sound familiar to you?  Add a career on top of that with bosses, co-workers, subordinates, and various dynamics therein and there is a beautifully laid web of life.

With all the things that are swirling around my head, and the layers of ink accumulating in my organizer, it is so easy to sleep in as late as possible (usually 7ish) and crash as soon as my immediate obligations are fulfilled.  This was the case for some time.  However, I felt myself slipping into chaotic monotony.  So busy all the time but going through the motions, numb and dazed.  Sleepwalking!

Overwhelmed at times to the point of exploding or imploding all over my family, I would sit and ask God "Why can't we just be normal?"  I could just hear God chuckle.  What did God say though?  Absolutely nothing.  You see, what I had neglected was to come away with Him and allow Him to minister to me. 

In the Bible, Jesus was trying to teach His disciples and spend some quality face time with them. 
*Side note*  I think a lot of people forget that Jesus spent A LOT of time praying and doing what the Father showed Him to do.  There were times (Mark 1:35-36) when Jesus would go and pray and the disciples would go out looking for Him! 

Jesus spent time with the Father and then, in turn, spent alone time with His disciples!  He told them, in Mark 6, to come away to a "deserted place" to be with Him and rest!  They were caught up in the hustle and bustle and the demands of ministry but in the midst of it, Jesus called them to a quiet place to meet with Him!

Is Jesus calling you to a quiet place?  Absolutely.  It's so important to go to a quiet place, a secret place where it's just you and Jesus.  It's hard sometimes to just sit and allow Him to minister to you.  We tend to have our minds racing, and life calling (or texting) us.  But isn't it worth the rest to shut it all down for a time of rest with Jesus, the one who loves us so much that He died for us just to be with us! 

I challenge you to take some time... As much time as is necessary.  Sit.  Be still.  Deep breaths and set everything aside.  All the business, all the obligations.  They can wait.  Jesus is calling you to a quiet place with Him.  Don't leave the "Lover of your soul" waiting too long.  He longs to be with you!

1 comment:

  1. Simply stated, "There are times we need to just leave the dishes in the sink and the laundry in the pile."