"The Spirit told Philip, 'Go to that chariot and stay near it.' Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. 'Do you understand what you are reading?' Philip asked." Acts 8:29-30
Unplug yourself. Try a one-week fast from gadgets or media that distract you. Then be intentional about connecting with people.
When was the last time you heard the voice of God?
Do you ever find yourself texting while talking with a friend? Updating Facebook while listening to a podcast or watching a TV show?
Somehow, my smartphone has convinced me of something that has never been true: That I am an apt multitasker.
The truth is, if I start playing with an app while catching up on my favourite show, I inevitably have to rewind and refocus, or else I start the next episode feeling totally out of touch. If I text while talking to a friend, I have learned that I need to warn my friend I just need to shoot this text off to my mom, please hold the story for a second or else I fall into a pattern of uh huhs and that's crazys that just confuse me and hurt my friend later.
Why wouldn't the same be true when we listen for the voice of God?
Our busyness and our distractions might feel like okay - they might even seem to help us know God better (hello, Bible app!) - but if we really want to be free to be led by the Holy Spirit, we need to put down the phone and check out the chariot.
Lord, open my ears and mind and heart to be led by Your Spirit. Amen.