“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
Psalms 46:10 NKJV
Oh, how one learns so much when they spend one on one time with God through prayer! You can better assess your surroundings and reflect on things. Your mind clears.
Before I made a promise that not a day would go by without praying to Him and talking with Him, I was a scattered soul. I remember I couldn’t let the music stop around me. I had to be stimulated in some way whether that be music, being around chatter, surfing the web either by laptop or smartphone, or engaging in conversation. I was easily bored
and quickly anxious. I loved the drama whether it be on the TV or a Twitter feed. I always wanted to know the latest buzz or the bad news in this world. Being in a church would be too much to handle because the lack of sound would make me uncomfortable. When I saw others glued to their smartphones, it gave me assurance that my need for never-ending stimulation was normal. I was an anxious person always finding drama to stew about.
Then I found Christ.
I actually get anxious when I don’t pray or study His Word. I can be in a Church and value peace. My smartphone is stuck in a drawer 95 percent of the time and I check the voicemail here and there. I look at others who are glaring at their smartphones and wonder if the stimulation gives them peace. My iPad is a tool to listen to sermons or write Christ-focused emails.
The peace I now feel is glorious.
Remain still. Focus on Christ. Shut out the distractions. Enjoy the beauty God created. That’s the secret to being peaceful.
Try it. You will like it.
Leave the smartphone in the drawer. Yes, you will initially feel lost without it. Go to the beach at sunset with your Bible. Pray in silence. Just have a regular conversation with God like an old friend and enjoy the birds singing and the waves crashing. You will feel the peace increasing and the anxiety melting away. It’s highly addictive after a while.
by Kent Brosh a Kawaiaha’o Blog Contributor