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27 March 2020
It was an off day. I launched into Thursday with great expectations of finishing a sermon, writing several thousand words of “copy,” and penning at least a half-dozen handwritten notes to the people on my mailing list. Eight hours into the workday, the tally was no sermon, zero notes, and maybe 1200 words of writing. How did I spend the time? Well, I know I stared at the Johns Hopkins Covid-19 map and various news sites for a few hundred minutes. The rest of it? No clue.
It’s been awhile, but I’ve been in this kind of space before. You’ve been there too. I can point to a handful of “spells” in my adult life so ripe with distractions and disorder beyond my control that all I could do was ruminate on paralyzing questions like “Why is this happening?” or “Where do I/we go from here?” Amid the worst of them, I painfully realized that walking away from the distractions and disorder was the only healthy way to get on with living.
Can I/we walk away from the distractions and disorder that the virus continues to dump into this world? Without access to a remote, self-contained tropical island, the answer is a resounding NO. Can we limit our exposure to a 24/7 news cycle that’s just rehashing what we already know to be true? It only takes two mouse clicks.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Sometimes stepping away from the distractions and disorder—if only for a few minutes—can give a racing mind and an anxious heart much needed breathers. Jesus modeled this for the disciples and commends it to us.
Remember when we only got our news at 7 am and 6 pm? Give it shot. As of today, I am.
Reading for Today: Luke 6:6-12