Aug 302017

Last week I wrote about the recent ugliness that took place in Charlottesville.  This week we have the horrific disaster of Hurricane Harvey that continues to get worse and worse.  A bit previous we have had the terrorist attack in Barcelona and Typhoon Hato and North Korea firing more test missiles and more high level resignations/firings in the Trump administration and O.J. Simpson gaining parole and so and so on.  There is a constant stream of news entering our consciousness, some of it more consequential than others.  And much of it seemingly leaving us feeling distraught, whether from natural disaster or man-made calamity.

It is important at times that we are aware of these things and sometimes even engage within them, whether the actual event itself or the culminating aftermath ensuing the circumstance. Certainly Texas and the surrounding areas are greatly in need of help and people taking action right now. 

Other times we need a break. 

We just cannot take it all in or preoccupy ourselves with every situation that vies for our consideration.  We all have our own personal circumstances that contend for our needed attention, and then there is everything else happening in the world that comes into our field of view.

We have so much incredible access to all the world’s information and knowledge and data these days.  Along with that, we often get almost instant notification of news throughout the world, much of it not being good.  And our hearts and minds get taken for a constant ride.

There are times we are compelled to take initiative, to get involved, to provide insight, to provide help.  Compelled by God and/or by our sense of doing what is right.  Sometimes compelled by our own compulsion to get involved in and/or adding our opinion to everything.

Be still, and know that I am God.  Ps. 46:10

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Matt. 11:28

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures.

He leads me beside still waters.

He restores my soul.  Ps. 23:1-3a

I relay these Scriptures as much for my own benefit as yours… and we can find many more like them.  I am not good at multi-tasking a few activities at once, let alone taking on a million different things and life can sometimes feel overwhelming, even when some of the things going on are good. Whether it is taking a moment among the midst of our craziness or in taking an intentional structured break, it sure helps to remember where we can find rest and peace.

We were not built to take on everything in the world.  We were not designed to handle all the world’s activity and to process all of its woes.  We were not made to do it all on our own.  May we remember to call on the Lord and find rest and peace in Him.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Phil. 4:7         

  12 Responses to “Kevin’s Conversations: Sensory Overload”

  1. Good stuff, Kevin.

    We really do have to discipline ourselves to not drown in the flood of things demanding our attention.
    For me, the Daily Office helps by demanding a break during the day to focus on God…when I don’t do so, I feel the water coming up around my nose…

  2. Good article Kevin,
    My advise to all – give up the news (especially cable news) and live a happy life.
    There is not a single thing you can do to change any past event reported on the news. What good does it do to wake up each morning, flip on the local news and hear about the 5 murders, 3 rapes and 2 high speed car chases?

  3. That’s good advice.

  4. MLD & Josh,

    Should we keep our cable tv, however, to be able to watch Magnum PI re-runs? 🙂

  5. Be careful with that 🙂

  6. Don’t worry Josh, I don’t have any posters. 🙂

  7. I get addicted to watching the news to find out what’s going on. I frequent the Drudge Report often. No wonder I’m so anxious.

    Re: Magnum – Just bounce your eyes guys. Focus on Higgins.

  8. That mustache is mesmerizing though,

  9. When we look at today’s news be it cable or other means, we will be all stressed out at how “political correctness” have taken over “common sense in our country.

    As a born again Christian saint, we should be focusing on God Almighty who is still on the throne and is in control of what is happening in this country and world. When we pray, especially pray in the Spirit, read our bible daily, there is that peace that surpasses all understand. So we have two choices, watch the news or peace in Christ Jesus.

  10. Man crush!
    Go to the other thread. 🙂

  11. For some realtime news, you can listen to a police scanner and pray for what is happening in your community. Years ago I was listening to police calls and the call went out that the church burglar alarm went off. Got to pray for that! 🙂

  12. Sometimes I wonder how atheists can handle all the negative news. The constant drumbeat of judgment and wrath with no prospect for forgiveness and deliverance. Living within a world of ordered by natural selection and survival of the fittest. It would be utterly depressing.

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