Archive from August, 2015
Aug 19, 2015 - Devotional    No Comments

Silence

“No news is good news,” as the old adage says.

But is that always true?

I’m not so sure. As our Internet connections have become constant companions in our pockets, the adage carries far less weight. Myriads of articles have been written about the ploy of social media. We present our best image in these places. Our accounts and walls make it seem like we are always out having adventures, smiling with friends, and achieving personal victories. Because that is what we post about.

But is that image true? What is life like when there are no posts? What does the silence mean?

It might mean that we are too busy having adventures to keep rest of the world in the know. Or it might mean that we’re trolling social media sites late at night jealously watching our friends’ grand adventures bemoaning our own current state. We can’t be sure. Silence doesn’t always mean things are fine. We tend not to post about our low moments and even less about the “meh” days where we’re not exactly sure what we’re feeling. And often times these are the very days we spend staring at screens watching other people’s’ high moments! It is a clash of emotions waiting to happen.

I desire to have a more balanced online presence. I want to post about adventures as well as the ridiculous things I do and hard providences that bring tears to my eyes. My life is far from balanced and perfect and I want people to know that its okay.

So if you haven’t heard from a friend since her hiking escapade in New Zealand two months ago, drop her a line. She may be staring at other people’s’ Facebook accounts that very moment just wishing for a friend.

No news isn’t always good news.

attached to cell phones

Aug 15, 2015 - Devotional    1 Comment

Stillness and Massage

I struggle with stillness.

I love productivity and efficiency. I think these things define a good day. I love checking thing off of my list. But I’ve been slowly changing my definition of a good day.

I thought about this today as I got a massage. It is a treat that I budget for and enjoy thoroughly for many reasons. One, between running long distances, working long hours, and being otherwise productive, my muscles tend to get angry at me. Two, it is a way to receive positive touch. As a single person, my “touch meter” is often low. And most importantly, three, it is training in stillness for my heart. I have to lie still for an hour, listen to soothing music, smell aromatic fragrances, and do nothing.

And I find this difficult!

I’ve been studying the Sabbath for years now. I’ve grown to love the beauty of this day designed from the beginning for our good and God’s glory. We need stillness. We need rest. We need rhythms in life. They are good and necessary. But they don’t always come naturally. We think we have to do it all and be responsible for everything, but that is a lie.

My soul needs further stillness training. To paraphrase Augustine, it will be restless until it finds its rest in the Lord. And how joyful to seek rest in a God who knew I would long for such rest and provided a weekly reminder to seek it.

Perhaps I should increase my massages to weekly too for further stillness training!

come to me and i will give you rest

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