Kaylea Hutson

The world is overwhelming and intense—24/7/365. From the news cycle that never stops to social media that never sleeps, our world is filled with noise, images, and distractions. The buzz of tweets, statuses, and photo feeds fills our brains, our hearts, and even our souls. Our lives become saturated with anything and everything but God.

We need a pause button that will let us stop and unplug from the world so that we can hear the “still small voice” of God (1 Kings 19:12, KJV). We need to step away, or retreat, from whatever keeps us from tuning in to God.

devozine creative art TS 108554707I’ve unplugged from the world in a variety of ways. One Lent (the church season between Ash Wednesday and Easter), I did a Facebook fast. I used Facebook for work; but on my days off, I logged off. I have a friend who takes a screen sabbath. On one day a week, he turns of anything that has a screen and finds time to feed his soul with something creative. I admit that unplugging is difficult. Tuning in to anything but God has become easy for us. We have to make a conscious decision to focus less on the world and more on God.

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How can you unplug? You can simply turn off your smart phone and computer for a day, choosing instead to pick up the Bible, your journal, or a book of devotions such as devozine. Instead of catching up on the latest statuses and tweets, why not read the Psalms or a spiritual autobiography that helps you get to know God from a different perspective? You could also go outside, take a walk, and pay attention to whatever you see, hear, and smell that reminds you of God. If you are artistic, take with you a sketch pad and pencil and find a quiet place to create an image that illustrates the ways God is at work in your life. My favorite option is to grab a camera and to take a photo walk, capturing God’s creation in a variety of images.

The goal of unplugging from the world is less about what you do and more about how it helps you to connect with God in a new way. Think of it as a mini-retreat that lets you focus on God. You may find that tuning in to God becomes a habit you can’t live without.


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How will you unplug? What steps will you take to unplug from the world and to plug into God? Will you fast from Facebook? turn off Twitter? pause your Instagram? In the next few days, think about a way that you can shift your focus from all things social media and plug into God’s life-giving presence.

Kaylea Hutson is a journalist and children’s pastor, who is currently working as the managing editor of The Grove Sun, a bi-weekly publication in Grove, Oklahoma.

—from devozine (March/April 2014). Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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