This image shows someone holding their phone and Googling ‘where is God?,’ yet Jesus is right there in front waiting for them to simply pause, look up, and receive what He has to offer. Psalm 23 says that God makes us lie down in green pastures. God knows exactly what we need and knows that we need to rest with Him. He does not ask us if lying down in a green pasture in His midst is all right, but He makes us do so because He knows what we need before we even do. So then, why are we continually running to our phone for mindless rest knowing that God is waiting for us to do that with Him. Being with God is much more life giving than scrolling on Instagram or posting on Facebook; yet in our instant world, it seems a lot more attainable than seeking Jesus. Silence, stillness, and solitude are foreign concepts. And waiting? What even is that? We can get 3,900,000,000 results in 0.57 seconds when ‘Jesus’ is typed into Google, so the concept of waiting... yeah, that does not seem like much of a thing for my generation, and at this point, even our culture.
I am reading a book called Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership by Ruth Haley Barton. She goes through the reason in which a leader needs to primarily enter a place of solitude with God to be well equipped and sustained to lead others in the context of the church. She talks about the signs of a leader taking on too much, and one of them being noticing escapist behaviors. She goes on to say that often when we feel burnt out, we use our breaks and times of rest to be fed by the internet and TV, rather than seeking life-giving avenues that we are passionate about to find rest, such as cooking or reading a good book. Barton concludes by saying that “this is a vicious cycle, because escapist behaviors actually drain us – energy that we could use to make life-giving choices – and then we just get more and more lethargic.” Which, quite honestly, I have noticed for myself. Reaching for the easy and instant mind break of watching Instagram Reels rather than truly filling myself up with prayer, Scripture, or simply something that God has made me passionate about, have been nothing but mindless and draining. I have wondered why I have been so tired, unmotivated, and feeling a lack of good things and God filling me. I have concluded for myself that the reason is not that God is not here, He always is and is waiting for me, I just have not put my phone down long enough to notice that.
My hope from this is that someone can be encouraged today through what God revealed during my prayer. My prayer is that if you are struggling to rest in God's presence, that He will work in your heart to find those life-giving ways and remove the areas in your life that are an obstacle for you, technology or other areas, we all got them.
So, my question for you is, where are you seeking your daily bread? Jesus or what the world is offering?