There’s been all sorts of talk about the value of the creative pause, the importance of sacred space (I swear I’ve linked to this article before, but it’s still great), and the benefits of meditation.
And, predictably, especially given the title of this blog and its content, I couldn’t agree more!
But I have to admit that I don’t always practice what I preach.
While I’ve been wildly productive when it comes to the dissertation and ticking things off the baby-prep list, I’ve been flittering away downtime with a host of media distractions.
This isn’t the end of the world, of course. Social media can be wonderfully connective, and much-needed breaks from the rigor of our working lives with tv, youtube, etc. are understandable. But when I think about what I really want to get out of life, I realize how much I don’t want to distract myself from what God’s doing. Rather than check out, I want to check in. And rather than emptying my mind, I want to be filled with the mind of God.
Through the distractions, I hear God’s invitation to breathe a little deeper. And this morning as my dear friend and I sat basking in the word of God, simply breathing together, we felt anew how good it is to simply be in the presence of God. I don’t love the phrase, “carving out space for God,” because I think it’s misleading to suggest that we’re the ones who should be doing the carving.
And yet, I think there’s something to be said for embracing the silence that God grants. There’s something to be said for choosing not to be distracted. And there’s certainly something truthful about remembering that the invitation to the spiritual life is just that, an invitation, which we can either accept, despite all its inconveniences, challenges, and grace, or decline for the meagerness of our own devices.
How can you embrace the silence, the invitation from God in your life to breathe a little deeper today, tomorrow, and this year?