Splash Down Time

Recently on Facebook:

Don’t ask me how we managed our lives without our cellular devices – not only the phone, the constant contact with the people involved in our day-to-day lives, but the apps that have replaced calendars, watches, cameras, alarm clocks, news radio, books and the fun of doing simple math. I’m guilty. The frequency with which I use my phone astounds me.

I relish the times when I’m in town and my phone runs at cyber-speed (as compared to the unreliable signal at home).Β  The phone connects me to my shopping list, coupons, product reviews as well as social media to research things that might streamline life… As if we aren’t already going fast enough, doing enough, cramming more and more into each hour of every day.

So, after my phone clanked off the porcelain and thudded onto the rug for the third time today I, well, gasped – again.

And then I stopped.

I realized I’d been inundated with tasks and going too fast for too long. So fast I’d overlooked removing the phone from my back pocket before stopping for a moment in the bathroom. Again. We’re talking about the phone I cannot afford to replace (even with insurance). At one time putting the phone on the counter was as instinctive as washing hands before leaving the room.

Every aspect of my life is moving at cyber-speed. As I checked off the To-Do list in my mind, I realized I could hear my pulse in my head.

Enough.

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I must lower my blood pressure, breathe more intentionally, recover my spontaneity and channel my endorphins toward an exotic retreat. I’m thankful I didn’t miss anything important as I charged ahead, leaving God in the dust. I don’t need to deep clean (again) before spring arrives, I don’t want any more stuff to fill my space and my arm is healing as expected. And yet I race around as if time is running out.

Silly human. God’s got this.

Today I gave myself the day off. Not for any particular occasion or event, but because I need to intentionally slow down and hang out with the best friend ever – the Holy Spirit.

I might do it again tomorrow.

I want God to run my life instead of life running me.

I’ll text you how we’re doing tomorrowΒ in a few days.

Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity,Β but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.”

Proverbs 21:5 (NLT)

 

*Image courtesy Jennifer Caravalho via Unsplash

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17 responses to “Splash Down Time

  1. I loved this more than I can say, especially “I want God to run my life instead of life running me.”
    It’s like you read my mind. I discovered that matter how busy my morning is or how late I get up, my prayer time can NOT be the part that gets shoved to the side. Otherwise everything goes kablooey.

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  2. Well said. I will take your advice today.

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  3. Bonnie

    Thank you for that I needed that.

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  4. Excellent reminder. I just got from a cross country trip to check on my aunt and uncle whose health (physical and mental) are deteriorating quickly. I had a long “to do” list, info I need to get from them, things I needed to check on, and on and on. But what I did was just spend time with them. Took them on drives that they can’t remember how to do, take them places that carry fond memories for them, and just sit in their house and talk or watch an old musical with them.

    Now I’m back home and busy, busy, busy with my music, gem and bead shows, and my Etsy shop to jump start (after weeks of being closed). Time to take a breather.

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    • I get it. Sometimes it seems too much to just breathe.

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      • The potty humor reminded me of some great bathroom stories from when I worked for an architectural sign manufacturer. One ladyAh took her purse into the bathroom with her and, you guessed it, put it on the back tank of the toilet. After the splash and confessing to a few of us in the office, the art department got busy making an appropriate sign. It consisted of a toilet with a purse on top and the typical red circle slash over the top. We kept putting it up in the bathroom. She kept taking it down with a reminder to everyone in the office that it wasn’t funny. I still chuckle when I think about it.

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  5. I hear ya lady! Crazy how we become dependent on things that we used to be able to live without just fine! Good post, thanks for the reminder to slow down!

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  6. That’s good advice for all of us, to watch out for hectic, self-imposed schedules.

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