In case you missed my last post, you can read it HERE. Just to recap, I recently deleted a few apps from my phone that I felt were taking up too much of my time.
There were a few things that caused me to do this. One of which was the following incident. A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I were in the post office. It was very quiet, with only one person in line ahead of us. This meant that there wasn’t a long wait. Despite the fact that there wasn’t a long wait, that one person ahead of us scrolled through his Facebook feed while standing in line. What’s worse is that he even continued to scroll when he was up at the counter! My husband and I were shocked. And I was actually quite sad seeing how the world is really getting to be too addicted to devices.
It also made me wonder if I was much better and/or could I possibly get to be that bad if I continued like I was. I often checked my phone throughout the day, feeling as though it was important to read my emails and keep up with my small social media following. I felt like my loved ones needed me to be available at all times. However, I also felt as though my phone was becoming a crutch in my life.
Another reason why I deleted the apps on my phone is because I felt they were hindering my spiritual growth. The theme I am focusing on this year is to SEEK God. The word SEEK is proactive. I have to do something to find what I am looking for. And how could I do that when I was wasting precious time on things that didn’t matter?
The Bible has tons of verses on seeking God. Here are just a few:
- You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:13
- But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. – Matthew 6:33
- Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. – Matthew 7:7
- You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.” – Psalm 27:8
- And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. – Psalm 9:10
- Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near. – Isaiah 55:6
So what have I learned over the past two weeks since I started this journey?
- My family and friends are doing just fine, even though I don’t respond as quickly to them on email and social media.
- I am seeing more of the world around me. For example, I used to read in the car when my husband and I were on a somewhat lengthy drive. But now I am looking at the scenery around us.
- I feel as though I have more mental clarity now. It’s as though a fog is beginning to lift.
- I am more in tune with the Lord and I feel like I see and hear Him more than ever. I spend more time reading my Bible and in His presence.
- I am more present and have more patience with my loved ones.
- I have more time for important things on my plate, such as writing my next book.
As I continue wandering through the desert, I find God’s love in unexpected places. I know this change was something the Lord prompted. I feel it deep in my heart. And I am looking forward to what He plans on revealing to me in the weeks and months ahead!