So this is the time when I usually take a break from all forms of social media (with the exception of WordPress), starting on Ash Wednesday. This year is no different. I almost reneged, but I decided I needed the time away. Also, I almost missed it. I didn’t even realize that it was Ash Wednesday until I saw someone else post about it on– wait for it– social media.
This season of Lent is all about sacrificing things– even good things– for the purpose of honing the senses to better be able to hear and obey the voice of God. Plus, the time away helps reorient my brain from getting too tied up in who is reading my status updates, who likes them, and who comments on them.
I use the extra time to catch up on all those movies I haven’t gotten around to seeing yet, to all those books on my never-ending “to-read” list, and having time to simply be silent and still. Plus, ideally I want to spend more time in my Bible, discerning the heart of God and learning to hear His voice through His pages.
I’m still not very good at it. Most of the time, I read words, my attention wanders, my mind is filled with snatches of a thousand songs and past conversations. For some reason, my ADD kicks into overdrive whenever I try to be intentional about not presenting God with a long list of requests but simply creating space and silence for Him to speak.
I’ve never heard God speak audibly to me. Maybe you have– and that’s great if you really have. Mostly, the way God has spoken to me– at least the ways I’ve perceived Him speaking to me– will be in a seemingly random phrase out of the lyrics of a song or something someone says in a movie. Sometimes, it can be a line out of a sermon. Sometimes, it can be from a conversation with a friend of something posted on Facebook.
Anyway, if you want to pray for me, pray that I can be still long enough to listen and that I can truly hear what God is saying to me and then put it into practice.
I will see you back on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and all those other lovely forms of social media after Easter Sunday.