It is funny how God sometimes speaks to us. And by “funny” I don’t mean “ha-ha” funny. Though occasionally it is amusing. And by “us” I do mean everyone, but I am going to be talking about how He speaks to me.
Usually God is quiet. Not silent, just quiet. He whispers prompts and proddings to my heart. I think this is how God works a lot of the time. Through quiet whisperings of the heart. Every now and then, though, God speaks so loudly that I am either brought to my knees or in wide-eyed shock. The loud speaking from God mostly happens when I have not been listening to His quiet voice and He wants to get my attention. And He doesn’t always use words; typically it is some kind of action. Something happens.
This is how God spoke to me yesterday! I am going to start about a few weeks ago and then come back to yesterday.
A few weeks ago, I felt prompted to begin this blog. I’ve been working on it frequently, but probably not as much as I could. The same can be said of the hand-lettering I’ve recently begun doing (You can see some samples of those in my Instagram feed found below) and of my LipSense business.
There has been something, though, that I have allowed to keep from working on the blog or hand-lettering, or my business. Come to think of it, it has kept me from doing all the things that actually matter to me…cleaning my house, cooking good meals, spending quality time with my husband, caring for my children, helping out at church, serving in my ministries…Wow, I have allowed it to stop me from being me.
Well, this something was called my iPad. And also my Samsung tablet. Both of which are now deceased. RIP, tablets.
I want to be clear that I am NOT knocking having tablets of any kind. I do not think they are terrible things at all. As a matter of fact, I am pretty grateful they exist. They can be hugely helpful in a manner of ways! They can be used to read millions of books, interact on social medias, learning tools, fun, etc. They can be advantageous for working and they are totally convenient!
For me, though, they have become an enormous distraction. You see, I would play games on them to pass the time and browse through social media. While these things are also not bad, they are fine in moderation. But I have not been using these things in moderation. At all. I would sit on the couch or in bed and play on my tablet games or scroll through the internet and social media. I actually found myself thinking, “I really need to clean the kitchen….Oh, *insert game icon here*, I wonder if ‘such-and-such’ is ready to do!” Or, “I need to organize my inventory….Oh, look, Pinterest has new boards!” And I would go into the game or app and I would lose myself in them. And what was actually needing to be taken care of was not. I was distracted and not moderating.
Well, about two weeks ago, my iPad that I’ve had for two years decided to nose-dive off my couch! It cracked right down the center. While normally that is probably no big deal, this crack ended up completely affecting the screen usability of the iPad! Everything I tried to do on it would go completely wonky. Eventually, the screen started doing its own thing! The device was done for.
So then I pulled out my Samsung tablet that I had not used for a while (I’ve had that for about 4-5 years, the iPad I originally got when I was attempting to get a bachelor’s in Music) and began using it again. Apparently, though, God had been trying to get my attention when the iPad broke, and I ignored Him. Yesterday, my tablet leapt out of my arms and onto the garage floor as I was leaving to pick up my kids from school! The screen is spider-web cracked and I only touched it once to find glass shards all along the cracks! It is too dangerous to use, at least for me! I am sure I would cut myself….don’t judge, that’s just how I roll.
I really take this as God telling me to stop purposely distracting myself. He has been whispering this to my heart, actually, for quite some time. I was not listening. But I am now…
It is time for me to take a break from the distraction of tablets. It is time to refocus myself. To be completely honest, I was not even angry when my tablet pretty much shattered itself yesterday! I almost laughed. Because my heart already knew. And I responded with, “Okay, God, You’re right! I’ll take a break from them!”
So I am surrendering my distraction today (well, yesterday, but you understand). I am giving them up and listening. I am working on intentionality.
What things might be keeping you from the important stuff? Are you, also, at a point of surrendering your distractions? Or maybe not quite there yet? I would love to hear from you, dear friend! And, as always, Bless you.