Why did those words, scribbled among many pages of notes, jump off the page at me? Obviously because I needed to hear them – again.
As Christ-followers, we absolutely need to block OFF time to spend with God and block OUT all the distractions. Intentionally.
Matthew 24 warns of increased persecution in the end times and says that “the love of many will grow cold.”
Sometimes I feel that part of the persecution, perhaps self-inflicted, is all the technology that makes us 24/7 accessible and distractable. Or, the schedules that run us ragged until time alone with the Lord slips through our fingers.
Our friend Steve Prokopchak tells in his blog of the National Radio Quiet Zone, designated by the U.S. government to house the largest, fully-steerable radio telescope in the world. The dish, located in West Virginia, is larger than a football field. The use of cell phones, Wi-Fi, microwaves and wireless speakers within a ten-mile radius is prohibited. The “quiet” makes it possible for scientists to hear infinitesimal signals from outer space.
We also need an intentional “quiet zone”—especially as so many voices lure us to listen to them. Lord, help me learn better to shut the door and enter the secret place of your presence.