The two weeks of blissful mindlessness that were my holidays are now over and I find myself facing a strange reality: I need to wean myself off of an addiction in order to gain rest.
Over the holidays, I watched a lot of T.V. I became a couch potato. It was a good thing, being what my mind and body needed: to rest and refuel. The first week my brain was put on ice as I watched episode after episode of T.V. shows and the second week only mildly less so. It’s been a while since I’ve had such a T.V-fix, being more of a book person.
But now it’s back to the working world, which means I need to give up the T.V. Giving up the majority of it doesn’t faze me. However, I found that the thought of giving some of it up at night in order to ensure I still had time for prayer and spend time with God sent my anxiety levels up! Definitely something not right there!
How is it that I could set aside Living Water for a quick-fix? I began to analyse why T.V. is alluring. Firstly, the characters on our favourite shows are familiar and familiar is comforting. Secondly, repetition and routine are relaxing. And thirdly, our mind becomes engrossed in a story other than our own and we can forget our cares for a time. These elements all help me to unwind; however, the shows remain only a bombardment of images that distract my mind only for the length of the show; they do not ease the spirit, nor do they release a day’s tension. To find spiritual rest, we need to go to God.
Taking the time to reflect on this emotional response has reminded me that the need for Christ is my greatest need. When I am resting in Him, my soul can be at peace. When I am fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit, my spirit is revived.
Remember that only Christ can offer Living Water to quench the thirst inside you. Remember to take time to be with God in the busyness of your day.
Remember the witness we have of Christ’s actions:
And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. (Mark 1:35)
(I am pleased to add that I drafted this a few nights back and so far there has been no difficulty prioritising quiet times over T.V time!)