Life in the Fast Lane

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Disconnect to Connect

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This year, for the first time, our church (all sister churches included) is doing a midyear fast. Normally, we do a fast in the beginning of the year; now, we're doing it twice.

This week happens to be the week of our first-ever midyear fast.

Since we, as a congregation, first started to fast several years ago, one of the things I gave up was social media. And for someone who enjoys being online 24/7, it's actually even more of a sacrifice to give it a "time out" compared to food. (I'm kidding. Actually, I'm not.)

Photo taken from here.

The first time I tried to stay away from social media for a full week several years back, it was hard. I remember thinking, what was happening around me? I was so used to catching up on news via Twitter or Facebook (I don't really check out newspapers or their online counterparts; I read news updates as they happen). I would wonder if something new or important happened to my friends that I may have missed out on, i.e. a pregnancy or engagement announcement. I would have the itch to post an update — a thought, a feeling, something trivial or monumental to share — and struggle to pry my fingers away from my phone or the computer keyboard.

Several fasts later, I've kind of gotten used to it. Sure, I do miss it (hi, Twitterverse, Facebooklandia, Instagramnation, and Pathaholics, to name a few), but it's not too bad.

The meals that I do eat (I can't go on a full fast due to the busy nature of my work, plus I have hyperacidity), I can actually enjoy without having this compulsion to whip out my camera or phone to take pictures. I enjoy people's company more without distractions. I work faster now that I don't take Facebook or Twitter mini-breaks.

More importantly, I've really been able to spend quality time with God. I don't know, dear reader, if you believe in God and the power of prayer. With me, however, I really feel a difference in terms of communing with Him when I'm not distracted by things like needing to satisfy my hunger or, in this case, social media.

Photo taken from here.

It's an amazing feeling to be able to pour out my heart to God; telling Him everything that goes on in my mind, thanking Him for His blessings, praying for my family and friends. Seconds turn into minutes, and before even realizing it, over an hour will have elapsed. He speaks loudest in silence, and when the noise and busyness of the world fade into oblivion, that's when my ears are most attuned to Him.

When I disconnect from the world, that's when I connect with Him most.

Whether you believe in God or not, if you need time to refocus, I suggest that you try disconnecting from social media first (and this coming from a Twitter-, Facebook-, Instagram, and Path-addict).

It's refreshing, and it does bring about a lot realizations and a change in perspective.

'Then He said, "Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord." And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.'
- 1 Kings 19:11-12

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4 comments

  1. I love this and can so relate! =)
    "When I disconnect from the world, that's when I connect with Him most." -sooo true!
    Keep writing Tina...I'll keep reading =)

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  2. Hi, Earl! Thanks for dropping by! God bless!

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  3. Hey, Trins! Hope to keep being inspired to write! God bless you!

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