I knew it would happen one day and it finally did.
Yawning, I sat down in front of my computer and gently posed my cup of steaming coffee, it’s gracious fragrance slowly alluring me into the land of the living.
Suddenly something rubbed my leg. The cat? I don’t have a cat! I looked under the desk and to my horror I saw that the computer cord, like a slender snake, was wrapping itself around my leg! I squealed like a little girl and jumped up, trying to pull away, sending my computer crashing to the floor.
Finally, I jerked free but I saw that the pile of cables near my six-plug electrical outlet was wiggling like a mass of crazy worms. They were coming alive! Printer cable, fax cable, scanner cable and who knows what else was in that tangle, all of them moving.
I screamed and they all seemed to become aware of me at once. They turned their plugs toward me as if seeing breakfast.
I ran downstairs, two steps at a time, fleeing for my life. But, my heart nearly stopped beating when I saw what I saw in the living room. The television was wrapped in these squirming cables and cords—dvd cables, vcr wires, satellite cords, tv cables, etc.
I slid to a halt at the sight and they all lifted their sinister plugs towards me, more electric snakes sensing a victim! I screamed again and ran outside, grabbing my car keys as I passed through the entry way. But, there was no hope there because to my dismay the inside of the car also squirmed with cords—GPS cords and wires, telephone charging cable, etc.
Friend, it was horrible. I just sunk to my knees, then laid out full length as cables from the house, office and car all caught up to me, wrapping themselves around me, squeezing the life from my weeping body.
Well … maybe that didn’t really happen, but am I the only person who feels overrun with cords, cables and wires?
Life is like that in November, 2010. Lots and lots of stuff grabbing at our time, our attention—work, games, tv programs, media of all kinds, internet—most of it is even good or okay. But, all this wraps itself around our heart and life and squeezes the time out of us.
If we’re not careful all these things can slowly alter the essence of what we are.
And way down, our heart is hungry. It’s like we’ve pigged out on chips and chocolate and our body craves solid food.
What to do?
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalms 46:10, NIV). Eugene Peterson paraphrases it like this: “Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything. Jacob-wrestling God fights for us, God-of-Angel-Armies protects us.” (The Message)
To “be still” in the center of yourself you have to plan for a time each day to get away from the cables.
At times you have to slip away for an entire day or days, or even weeks and let the cables lie. Otherwise the real you in God may be subtly changed over time and even denatured by this constant cable attack.
Some of us need to unplug those demanding, enticing things and take our life back.
If you treat an expert like a novice, you’ll fail.—Seth Godin
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