It’s called the fear of missing out. And many of us suffer from it. We don’t want to miss the next viral video, meme or online trend. We are afraid of getting behind on what our friends are all talking about. If we don’t constantly interact with what is happening online, we think we could cease to exist!
So we constantly move at a non-stop pace for fear of missing out on even one thing.
There’s a barrage of endless sounds and images that are constantly flashing before our eyes. There has never been a time in the history of the world when people have had more information shoved in their faces each day than right now. Even when we decide to be lazy and “do nothing,” we still end up binge watching, downloading music, playing computer games and instant messaging our friends—all at the same time.
No wonder God often feels so far away in the midst of our busy nonstop lives.
There is this verse in the book of Psalms that says, "Be Still and know that I am God."
Want to know God? Be still… This means we need to stop, wait, and pay attention. We need to drown out the noise around us and stop scrolling for a minute. This verse in Psalms also says that God will be exalted among the nations. The word exalted means lifted above all else. If God is to be lifted up in our life then we need to turn down our other notifications so that we can start to notice God.
What if one of the reasons we find it so difficult to start a conversation with God is that we don’t stay still long enough to see how much He is already present in our lives?
What if by constantly trying not to miss out on things that don’t really matter, we are actually missing out on some important things that really do?
A great way to start a conversation with God today is to press pause and be still. After all, what is the point of moving so fast if you don’t actually know which direction you are supposed to be headed?