I always love the beginning of a new month. Every thirty or so days, we get a fresh start, a new page turned on the calendar. While each day brings new hours and new chances, whatever happens in their twenty-four hours can carry from day to day. Yet, a new month seems to bring a completely new start.
This past weekend, I went on a quick trip with my parents. We were hoping to see a fun concert, but instead it got rained out. While laying in the hotel room that night, I realized that much of that night felt like a picture of the first half of this year for me. At first, I was excited for something fun. I was looking forward with anticipation and hope that it would be good. There wasn’t anything near to ruin plans. Quickly a dark shadow formed behind us and things changed fast. I was sitting there looking at everything I wanted, but was told I had to leave. It wasn’t going to happen.
Part of me feels like I hear God say that a lot to me. “It’s not going to happen.” I’ve learned so much this year that silence doesn’t mean His absence, but that He is actually doing something great. That’s so hard for me, because when I’m silent, I’m not doing anything. At least not anything productive.
And the rains.
I’ve been learning a lot from the rains as you know.
I hate seeing it show up every day on my weather app, but I remember what the rains do.
Prepare. Revive. Refresh.
I feel like the first part of this year was full of preparation and revival. I was expectant that God would do something great and at the same time, He was preparing me. He still is. He always will be. Then came revival. I started owning some things I kept quiet for awhile, started replacing lies with truth, and began to feel my feelings instead of run away from them or shove them down. Now? It’s time for refreshing. But honestly, part of me doesn’t want refreshing. I still feel like there is so much reviving to do. The thing is, there is always a need for reviving. Dead things brought to life. Made new. It’s not just a one and done thing, it’s continuous. But right now, so much has been revived that it’s time for refreshing.
Part of that is backing away from social media. I know, here we go again. But it’s different this time. And yes, I really mean that. Because so much of what I enjoy is getting to share words and places and see my friends and funny videos. But, when I find myself stuck in a triangle of insta, fb, and twitter? There is no refreshing of my soul, only that of the page I’m on. The Royal Society of Public Health is encouraging people to take a social media break for the month of September. It will look different for each person and that is what I love. We all know what works best for us and what we need to do individually. I can’t quit cold turkey for the month (though that’s an option). I mean, I could, but I don’t wanna. So, it’s going to look like not being on social media/my phone: before bed, actually none past 6pm at all(minus the occasional football game, Roll Tide), or while at work. I started not looking at screens past 8pm, but even that fizzled out. I slept with my phone across the room for a few weeks, but somehow it’s found its way back beside my pillow. My eyes are strained, my hands are tired, and my heart needs a break. Because honestly, I just can’t take it sometimes. So I’m slowly backing away. To make room for the things I do want. More books read, more places seen and experienced, conversations with friends, and actual refreshment.
Learn more about the Scroll Free September here and discover all the ways they encourage us to take a step back from social media.
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