With the invention of cell phones that we never turn off we bring upon ourselves the curse of constant contact. When you carry your tormentor with you at all times, where does a person these days go for a few minutes of peace and quiet. A talk show host asked the audience how many people take their smart phone into the bathroom with them. Seventy five percent raised their hands.
From time to time
turn it off.
Turn it all off.
Enjoy the silence.
Enter into the stillness.
Let yourself be enveloped
by the solitude it brings.
How does one stay in continual contact with everyone all the time and in continual contact with God? It is impossible. But there is a solution. From time to time turn it off. Turn it all off. Enjoy the silence. Enter into the stillness. Let yourself be enveloped by the solitude it brings. These simple moments will restore sanity and sanctity to your day.
Conquering the Curse of Constant Contact
These things may be helpful for business and connectedness but they do little to help our relationship with God. Correct that; they often interfere with our relationship with God. They not only shatter the Silence, they destroy our Solitude.
But it is not easy. We must fight the ubiquitous machines and social media that plague our lives for these precious snippets of solitude, wage all out war for significant blocks of alone time. When we do it is well worth the effort.
So all consuming is the tyranny of the telephone that not only can most people never turn it off and enjoy the solitude, they cannot even ever be with one person at a time for any length of time. Real connectedness means being present with the person with whom you are presently - giving them your undivided attention. It will take discipline, and breaking of bad habits, but as much as is humanly possible, it is good to not let person to person contact be interrupted.
What does it say when we are with someone, the phone rings, and we answer it without even knowing who it is. Are we not saying, "I do not know who this is, but talking with them, being present to them for these next few minutes is more important than talking with and being present to you."
Being Present to God
Sadly, that is at times what we do with God. We can be in the depths of inner communion, and the telephone rings. We have been in a contemplative state, God is present to us, we are present to Him, and we let that priceless gift be interrupted. This is insanity.
If we are to enter into the depths of contemplation we must enter the depths of silence and solitude. Solitude brings with it silence. And this is where God dwells.
During our busy day it is good to invest in a few machine free moments. Turn it off. For just 10 minutes, turn it off. The results could be pleasant, even profound.