My last post was, “The Blog of Solitude,” Part 1. Click the link if you’d like to read it.
Part 2: Addicted to Distraction
When I was 14, I worked all summer at a Christian Bible Camp. The counselors were college age or older and everyone else working there was just older.
It was almost perfect. The exception was that my room was isolated and I was its only occupant. At first, it was cool to bunk alone, but it began to wear me down. I didn’t like being alone, wasn’t used to the solitude.
Sometimes we crave empty spaces. When stressed by people, projects and problems, we escape to someplace devoid of the three P’s.
Sometimes we crave crowded spaces. When stressed by the absence of companionship, contact, and company, we escape to someplace filled with the three C’s.
Still, solitude tends to make us uncomfortable.
There is an idea that, “A Closer Walk With Thee,” is best found through solitude. That the desire to be closer to God gets blocked by our crowded existence, by people, noise, and distraction.
Some say we live in a culture of distraction, that we crave the sounds, voices, and images of everything else and of everyone else.
We have TV’s and smart phones and tablets and computers, and keep them all online all of the time. What have we become? Are we addicts and junkies? Are we constantly craving a fix?
Those who push the drug of distraction are excellent marketeers. They convince us that personal fulfillment can only be realized by an ever invasive technology that populates our homes and preoccupies our minds.
So Where Is God?
Where is God in this culture of noise and preocupation? When does his voice get heard?
Does quiet solitude still exist? Do our addictions keep us from knowing ourselves? Are we afraid to see who we are, of what we’ve become?
Answer this question:
“Are you hearing the voice of God as much and as often as you need to?”
At some point, I had to admit that I didn’t like being alone in the room, and that I needed to do something to make it better.
Are there other things that we need to make better?
….to be continued.