“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” (ESV)
When I was taking driving lessons in high school, one of the things our instructor taught us as we pulled off of the four-lane highway was to desensitize ourselves to the speed.
Driver Dave, as we called him, said that as we drove down the off-ramp we should read all the road signs and briefly look from side to side at the trees or buildings to re-adjust our eyes.
He said this was to desensitize ourselves to the speed. If we remained in a blurry-eyed speed trance, we would miss details and make bad decisions.
Kind of like life.
When we don’t slow down and desensitize ourselves to the speed, we remain in a blurry-eyed speed trance and miss details and make bad decisions.
Maybe we miss what our body is telling us. Maybe we miss the nuance in a child’s voice. Maybe we miss the growing tension in a relationship. Maybe we read the Bible but don’t actually read it.
Today let me suggest one way to slow down that DOESN’T involve doing less:
Eliminate some noise.
Perhaps it’s actual noise. Or perhaps it’s the invisible mental noise in your brain that results from the actual noise!
Maybe turn off the radio in the car. Maybe don’t check social media after 8pm. Maybe don’t have the TV on if you’re not watching it. Maybe set the alarm 5 minutes earlier in the morning and sit in silence with a coffee.
You’re right. Sounds kind of simplistic. And it is. Oh, it’s also healing balm for the soul.
Desensitize yourself to the speed.
Maybe you’re okay. If so, that’s great, hit delete. But if the pace of your life is leaving you in a blurry-eyed speed trance, eliminate some noise.
Sometimes the opposite of peace isn’t war… it’s noise.
By Matthew Ruttan