You know the drill.
Your computer freezes. You click your mouse. Nothing. You try to click out of the program. Nothing. You try to minimize the window. Nothing. You speak to your computer with four letter words. Nothing.
You might try Ctrl+Alt+Delete. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. When all else fails, you push the button.
What button? The one that turns the computer off. You know it will take time. You know you will lose work. The alternative is to stay frustrated and hope your anger melts the computer’s brain freeze.
I don’t know why, but this works most of the time. Electrons get back on track. The mouse works again. Programs and apps are opening. The computer needed to reset.
You need to reset too.
God knows this. That’s why he commanded the Sabbath (Note: he didn’t suggest it). Once a week you need twenty-four hours to unplug, remember what’s important, and reset.
You may not know God told his people they needed time off. In his instructions to his people, he told them to celebrate festivals. God said to his people “Spend three weeks a year feasting, worshiping, and resetting.
You need more than a day to reset. You need days strung together to remember what’s important.
Maybe that’s what’s wrong with our vacations. We get away, but we don’t reset. We don’t create emptiness so God has space to speak to us. It is ok to do nothing. Doing nothing means there is room in your soul for God to say something.
To reset, you may need some vacation time that doesn’t involve Disney. You may need to shut down your cell phone. You may need to take a break from social media (you will not be forgotten). You may need to explain to the kids that part of vacation will be creating space to reset.
Include God in your vacation time. Ask him what needs to be reset. Let him whisper to you about your soul clutter. Soul clutter is all that occupies space in your soul and becomes a “have-to.” Somethings have to be done – laundry, grocery shopping, etc. But there are “have-to’s” that aren’t. You don’t have to involve your child in five sports. You don’t have to do your adult child’s laundry. You don’t have to meet the guys at the hunt club at 5 AM for a workday (when the sun doesn’t come up until 6 AM).
Reset means giving yourself time to see your life as it really is. Reset means giving yourself room to hear from God about what your life needs to be.
Time to reset. Take a deep breath. Push the button. Shut down your operating system. Let your heart rate slow down. Do nothing. Listen for God.