And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. Mark 6:31
Last night on the way home, I heard music literally spilling onto a page. It was piano, and the notes were played so fast and yet so perfectly they sounded as if they were spilled, not played. If you have never heard that I hope you do someday. The notes made me feel as if I were sitting in a grand but restful drawing-room in a Downton-like mansion.
Lately I have felt the need to pull off the super-highway of social media. For awhile, I was twittering, pinteresting, face-booking and instagraming all at the same time, simultaneously. Oh, and add blogging into the mix, and reading other’s blogs as well as trying to write my own.
I forgot why I was writing and who I was writing for. I was playing the comparison game and it was wearing me out. In light of that, I have decided that if an activity doesn’t give me a measure of peace, then I will stop doing it. Of course, that doesn’t apply to work, I have to do that.
Sometimes life is like what happened to me in my car last night. I was driving along minding my own business at around 75 MPH when all of a sudden the engine lost power. There were no warning lights on the dash. Nothing to tell me anything was wrong, other than the fact that all of a sudden, cars were zooming by me and I was slowing down.
I had to pull over, and fast. I put my flashers on and got to the side of the road and adjusted the floor mat which I thought maybe was a contributing factor in why I slowed down, I thought maybe it got caught underneath the gas pedal. I cautiously started driving again and it seemed fine, so once again I got up speed and zoomed my way home.
By the time I pulled in the driveway, an indicator light did come on which turned out to be the EPC (Engine Power Control).
Suffice it to say, I have had a warning light to slow down my activity on social media for a time. And I have.
And it has been good for my peace.
I will still blog and get on Facebook and all the rest, but now it will be like touching down and checking in rather than full immersion.
The desert is a peaceful place……and I want to bring that to you in this blog. A little corner away from the multitudes and noise and confusion of the world. I want to bring the peace of Jesus here.
Because sometimes you just have to pull over and let the others just zoom by. If you need me I will be sitting at the base of these trees.
6 thoughts on “Pulling over and slowing down”
I NEEDED this desperately today. Really. THANK YOU so much for being my ‘warning light.’ Your posts are like cool water on parched ground.
Oh….thank you Pam, that is really what I want people to get from this blog, a sense of peace and cool water in a parched land…….Blessings to you today, Lori
I so respect and admire you for this Lori. I too get too caught up in the ‘blog’ world and my stats, etc. I have to remind myself that I write for me…thanks for sharing!
Andie….I think it’s all about re-evaluating every now and then, not only with things like social media, but just life in general. It gets too noisy! Thank you friend, for visiting here. Lori
Congrats! I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Follow the link for details, and keep up the good work! http://joeltipple.wordpress.com/2013/03/02/versatile-blogger-award/
Hey, thanks Joel! I am on a short break in California to see family. Will be in touch soon to follow up 🙂 blessings to you and yours, Lori