How to Unplug and Live to Tell About It

Turn off your email; turn off your phone; disconnect from the Internet; figure out a way to set limits so you can concentrate when you need to, and disengage when you need to. Technology is a good servant but a bad master. – Gretchen Rubin

Have you ever found yourself at a place where you are completely? There are many times in my life, my career, and my dreams, etc., that I felt completely overloaded to the point to where I needed to disconnect from everyone and everything. Once this happened, I began to search what caused me to overload and I found one thing in particular.  I found myself juggling too many things at one time expecting myself in my Superman cape to fly everywhere to conquer every demon known out there.

It reminded me of a time in scripture when a well-known prophet had a nervous breakdown. Perhaps not a nervous breakdown but a complete overload of what was before him.  In I Kings 19, Elijah had just completed kicking the butt of the prophets of Baal. I don’t know if it is theologically correct to include butt in this, however I am writing this and am not always theologically correct so enjoy. Shortly after, the queen threatened his life and he ran for the hills. There wasn’t much warning to the queen’s threat and we don’t really know the full logistics of how the message got to Elijah.  All we know is that he turned tail and ran. It seems odd that he would turn so quickly. Upon his running, he declared that he wanted God to take him out. Great. The man of the hour was chickening out as he was running for the hills. It seems odd that the man who whipped 450 prophets was afraid of one woman. There could be a whole slew of sermons based on this but I will be neutral and keep focus on this one thing.

The question is; why did Elijah completely wig out over the thought of one woman coming after him to kill him? Elijah was totally worn out. Once he had used up all his energy to kick the tails of 450 prophets he had no energy left to fight. When he ran to the hills, God sent food and water down to Elijah and required him to rest. Why? He had to be fully rested in order to accomplish the task at hand.

God knew already that Elijah was completely worn out from fighting. God knew that he (Elijah) needed a few moments to gather himself up and rest. How so? God knew the frailty of man when he wrote the 10 commandments with one of them being honor the Sabbath. All men love that commandment…especially during sports season.

Exhausted, Elijah needed time to recuperate before he handled the next battle in his life. Each one of us men is like Elijah. We need time to recuperate. We need time to rest. Now, I am not saying everyday you tell your Godly Mom that you are going to hang out in the hammock because you need time to “recuperate”. What I am saying that you do need set aside time to stop and rest. You need to put down your I pad, your laptop, your phone, your work, your “fill in the blank here”, and rest. You don’t have to spend four hours a day resting. God doesn’t instruct that at all. However, He does tell us that we need a day to rest and recharge our cells.  God is calling you, friend, to unplug. There is a time that you need to stop and reflect on His word, rest, and recharge your batteries.

Here are four ways to unplug to increase your rest…and live to tell about it.

Turn off your phone. Yes. I wrote that here. Why? Because I am guilty of it. It is easy for me to check my email at 10 o’clock at night when I should be resting.

Turn off your mind. Easier said than done. What I have had to do is to turn off my work two hours from the time I go bed. If I do that, my mind isn’t working and I am rest.

Run away. No, seriously, run away. Before or after work, take 30 minutes to go to a coffee shop or somewhere that you can just sit.

Take a nap. This one was the biggest struggle for me. However, I know that my mind is not any good if I am running on fumes. There were times that I would nap for a few minutes at my car at lunch and that would be enough to get a recharge.

Just before writing this, I laid down to take a 2 hour nap. Did I feel condemned because I know that we have a few things that need to be done? No. Why? They will be there when I wake up. I don’t make a habit of taking a nap every day. However, your body will tell you… “If you don’t stop…I will.” A little while after waking up, I had a revelation of this that I am writing you. Let it be a fresh thought for you.

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