For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah (Psalm 62:5-8 ESV)
It hit me that with a less hectic schedule and limited access to a computer I was able to concentrate on praying and Bible intake much more than I could do here in the states. I was amazed out how less cluttered my mind was—ready to pray longer with greater attention and devotion to my heavenly Father and His glory—and how much more I absorbed and took with me throughout the day as I read His word.
Being back now for almost a week, the Ethiopian wave of momentum has ended. I’m finding it difficult again to focus and carve out time and mental energy to walk intimately with my Lord. So what’s the option, move to Ethiopia? No, it’s got to be something even more radical. I must get rid of the unessential clutter and busyness that tries to choke out the real source of life. Things that I consider necessary have to be cut out in order to make room for what is critical for my health and growth.
Some things I'm changing:
1. Less internet / social media time. I'm a slave to these and really don't need hourly updates.
2. Practice fasting more often ... not only from food, but from computers and media.
3. More time for silence that I can actually concentrate on praying, Bible reading, meditation, etc.
4. A more organized schedule to facilitate time alone with my God.
5. Praying once again that the glory of Christ would overshadow all of these distractions and whet my appetite for the eternal.