Do you ever just need a break? Are you tired and exhausted and your to do list seems to let longer rather than shorter? Do you seem to always be tired but yet have the time to check your email, search the web, tweet, and facebook?
I have had a roller coaster of health issues this past year. Doctor after doctor, diagnosis after diagnosis, and still not getting better I had to do one thing. Unplug. Unplug from doctor visits, take a break, and keep track of my health at home. Until I needed the help.
Isn’t it that way with God? We pray for things to get better. We pray for our health and our family to be safe. We pray for our stress and jobs. We pray. We pray. We pray. Please hear me out. We should pray. It is the lifeline to our communication with God. Prayer can change anything. Prayer can change your life.
How are we taking our prayer to God? That is what I was reminded this weekend. After a year of doctors, pain, and so much more. I have finally found two amazing doctors that are willing to help me and have hopefully found what is wrong. A year ago I was hospitalized for a stroke. I prayed and prayed and God answered. I didn’t have a stroke. But for a year I have had this thorn on my side for a year. Migraines, neck pain, back pain, weakness in my arms, and more. A year to pray to be healed but that was not God’s answer. However, the last three months I have prayed to embrace this thorn and see what God was teaching me.
Friday, I had a procedure to confirm and treat what my MRI shows to be a ruptured disc in my neck. I had to go back for about thirty minutes prior to treatment and I left my purse with my husband. As sad as I am to admit this, I reached for my bag to grab my iphone and start checking anything I could. It was right then the very thing God has been teaching me he placed right in front of me. To be UNPLUGGED from the world. From responsibility, social media, conversations only with these nurses, doctors, and God himself in this very moment.
I prayed for healing and that this treatment would help me to avoid surgery. I thanked him for being the mighty God that he is. The God of all comfort and peace. The God who knows my weakness.
I had some sweet conversations with the nurses and was even able to share a little about my faith and my children. All three of my sweet children. Of course this usually comes up because of the medical questions they ask. However, I love sharing about my first child who is with God.
I embraced every moment I had to unplug from my phone, this world, and just fix my eyes on Jesus. Thanking him for the care I had, the husband who was able to be there with me, my sweet friend who cared for my children and eased my mind and fears of leaving them with anyone, and just for his unfailing love.
I was sedated for my procedure and they told me I would be asleep for about five minutes and the procedure would literally take two minutes. Well almost forty-five minutes later I awoke and I hear the nurse come in and say well Sleeping Beauty is finally awake. The doctor came by to see you and you were still asleep. I guess I needed to be unplugged.
Our human nature and society is to be plugged in all the time. Ready for anything but this also makes it harder for us to focus on God’s word and find him in our moments. Do distractions hinder you from hearing God’s word and doing his good works? Does your schedule and commitments keep you from spending time with your family or just having a moment with God? How can we remove these distractions so that our priorities line up with God’s?
Unplug from the world and the busy schedules. I am setting goals for myself. First, I am to be in the word daily but intimately. Not just a quick devotion on my phone where I am tempted to check email. I need to block out that time, even if it is just five minutes, in between the dishes and children. Absolutely pray to God and thank him.
“I want you to do whatever will help you serve the Lord best, with as few distractions as possible.” 1 Corinthians 7:35
Join me in unplugging from the world to be more free in your schedule for God. Whatever you need to do to serve the Lord best. Don’t compare to others. God doesn’t give us a general list of what to unplug from just what is best for you to unplug and get plugged in to Jesus.