Another light tries to get my attention in its place.
The blink of my laptop says, “Come here. Check that message. Post that status. Send that tweet.”
I move toward the keys, then stop. I push away my endless electronic to-do list and embrace this day instead.
I even smile.
It’s Cyber Sabbath.
I don’t even remember how I started doing this–taking a 24 hours break from all things electronic once a week, unplugging, renewing, letting go.
I’m certain it was in the middle of the frantic year when it seemed that I raced nonstop until, hanging a weary head in my hands, I begged God to help me live differently.
He made it clear part of the change needed to be on my part too. And for me, that meant unplugging once a week.
I love how God creates the world in six days and then rests. I love even more that the word “rest” in that biblical story is actually similar to celebrate.
God takes a break, declares what He’s done is good, and stops to find the JOY in it.
Bonnie Gray says JOY is actually closely related to confidence in God. It’s a bold trust.
And how will I ever really know I can put my confidence, my trust, in God if I never stop trying to do it all myself?
I confess: Cyber Sabbath scared the socks off me when I started doing it. I was sure I would miss something. I felt restless and unproductive.
I went through some electronic withdrawals. Yes, ma’am.
But as this has slowly become part of the rhythm of my life, I see how much I need it.
In this upside-down Kingdom, it turns out the best way to recharge just might be to unplug.
What about you? Do you practice a Cyber Sabbath or have another way of unplugging?
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