Joining with @lisajobaker and the #fmfparty gang once more to write unedited for 5 minutes flat. She’s not done a post on her blog today (but we’ve relocated this week here), but sent the prompt out via Twitter – Ironically, while I was wondering if there was going to be a party today, I’d just written another post on taking a break… it’s coming out later this evening.
But for now here we go:
I get overloaded with social media – it demands more of me than I like to give it. I’m an introvert by nature, but also a relator… so there’s a push-pull in me to want to connect deeply, but not overdo it in crowds. Sometimes the party is just too much for me.
I know of autistic people who wear headphones in order to simply take the painful edge off the over-sensitivity they live with. It’s like they’ve been given a gracious gift of seeing everything, feeling everything, in detail, but it’s just too much for one soul to process. It brings on a shut-down. I can be like this emotionally, and especially when it comes to digital media. I wish there were dim-the-social-media-lights headphones/eye-protectors for me – it’s all just too much for my soul.
So we’re followers of Jesus, mostly, in this #fmfparty, right? A couple of bits of wisdom came my way this week – in a prayer meeting at work a friend read out Matthew 6 and the words ‘do not babble’ jumped out at me. Too many words does God’s head in too. We’re in good company.
And then that other one: ‘Jesus withdrew from the crowds…’ Not out of rejection, not to run away, not because he was resentful… but as a matter of intentional rest, and a passion to spend some quality time with his Father. I’m not going to pull away periodically from the digital world out of resentment, and I’m not going to throw the baby out of the bathwater (let’s face it, it’s in my job description in the comms team here), but I’m going to respond to that ache in my soul for peace and for rest in my Father’s presence.
In this digital world, we can be like noisy children vying for attention at a busy dinner table… But when that voice of authority – the mother or father – calls for quiet, a hush settles. We want to be fed, as children, so we’d better heed the real Voice of authority and actually listen.
Relationship is two way – and sometimes we just need to quit talking – or writing or blogging or tweeting or updating our statuses – to hear what he is saying to us.