Ever feel like your soul needs to catch up with your body?
Years ago, social commentators declared that technology would free up our time and our lives. We could work from home. No more commute! We could be connected to the world wherever we went. Greater efficiency! We would no longer “waste time” on tedious and repetitious tasks. They anticipated a world of greater flexibility, improved productivity, shorter work weeks, and more free-time.
They were wrong—dead wrong.
Instead, we live at higher speed, with more instantaneous demands upon us, and with raised expectations. Technology has become to many of us what Mountain Dew is to a child with ADHD.
The issue, of course, is not the hand-sized piece of metal and glass that I stuff in my pocket or the tablet that goes everywhere with me. If I put them away, they have no capacity to pursue me (yet). But here’s the question I’m grappling with: Can I slow down my pace sufficiently to once again hear God?
Higher speeds require longer slows. If we’re traveling at 90 miles per hour, an abrupt stop is not possible (nor advisable). But this I know—His voice will not compete with our noise. The richness of His Word in my life is found in seasons of soaking not moments of shock. Our greatest creativity and peace emerge not by accident but from connection—with Him.
Beholding Christ in the shadows is not something that we can do as we roar down the darkened street on our way somewhere else. It requires that we slow to a crawl and peer intently. He does not stand on a street-corner to wave flamboyantly as we zip past. Instead, we find Him quietly among the homeless, alongside the elderly, sitting with the suffering, gently ministering to the afflicted.
If we want to see Him—to “fix our eyes on Jesus” (Hebrews 12:2)—it’ll take some strategic changes for some of us. In some instances those changes will relate to technology. In other cases, it’s a matter of time-management. In every instance, it will require us to slow down ; not just so that our souls can rejoin our bodies, but so that our hearts can rejoin Christ.
Check your speed.