I know, there have been a ton of articles and blogs on the new technology age and how we often miss what God is trying to do because we are so caught up in this fast paced Information Consumerism. We see so many pictures, statistics and words that our minds are on overdrive all day. Stimulation has a new meaning in the world we live in.
The term "slow" has gone from a computer modem to an annoyance. It's no longer an option to slow down, it's a choice. Something as simple as slow wifi can upset our day. I'm currently on vacation and the internet at our hotel isn't working, forcing us into the world that we came to see anyways.
My idea got sparked from a conversation I was having about the future. Where asking God about my future instead of following the status quo was a "cop out" answer. That's when my mind started reeling about what I believe we have lost in our new man made world. When a screen has become more real than the world we live in. Where trees, vegetation, fresh air, other humans and possibly the God that created all of it has become secondary.
Looking for more
The reality of this world, the things we see and experience on a daily basis, is met with another reality. Jesus often called it "The Kingdom of Heaven". Somehow, Jesus believed that we missed it. That all we could see was right in front of us and instead of searching for more we accepted the status quo. And He came to urge us to look for something greater.
As He started to teach about this new reality, He created a gap between what was being taught and actual truth. Wildly claiming that He was truth and all must come to Him to find it. There is always risk when stepping out of the norm.
Time to wait
Waiting on God isn't always an inactive activity. But, to capture the heart of waiting we must be ready to step outside our comfort zones.
We can't get caught up in what was done before, God does not work from a step by step manual. Father, Son and Holy Spirit created us for relationship and that's exactly what we get when we start to wait on Him.
When Jesus was on earth He was calling us into something new. And I believe this must be our heart when we enter into "waiting upon the Lord". We must not hold our previous experiences, what God did for someone else, our pathway to success, our ideas or lack of information from what He wants to do or what He wants to say.
Allowing God to say anything can be where we are most free. This is where we can put our thought life into His hands and then trust that He will do what's best.
My challenge to myself and the reader: Start to wait upon the Lord and let's not limit what He will say.
Jason LaLone is on staff at YWAM Brisbane. He is passionate about discipleship, taking Jesus's command to make disciples of all nations as a practical reality that he can live on a daily basis. He loves lasagna, cats and used to dislike Monday's, making him most like Garfield.
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