Where I See God
Journal Entry #8: Turning off Social Media
“May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace!” Psalms 29:11
I love social media. It allows me the opportunity to keep up with friends and family all over the world. For me, however, it is addictive. Every time I slow down, I’m grabbing for my phone to check out the latest on Facebook or Instagram. Every now and then, I have to take a break to stop the cycle.
I am in one of those breaks. Sometimes checking for certain information about the organizations I’m involved with is necessary, but other than that I am off.
The clarity that comes from shutting off the social media noise is staggering. Instead of filling up my slow down times with other people’s thoughts, I’m able to sit still and listen for God’s voice.
In 1 Kings 19 Elijah is seeking God’s voice. In verse 11 God asks Elijah to, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him…”
I am constantly asking God for things. “What should I do? How do I handle this? What’s next?” Then I seldom stop to really listen. The noise of my environment keeps going. Television at night, radio around town and social media when I stop to breathe.
After distractions are removed, God’s voice becomes more clear.
Only in the still humbled moments is my heart ready to listen and receive the gift of peace so often offered.