Sensationalism comes in various forms. My Yahoo homepage is full of such stories with tales ranging from the ever-popular Kardashians, to angry protests, and new information why Disney World must be a terrible, simply dreadful place of employment (please). We cheer for a boy who demands to use the girls’ locker room, and there are articles about the end of church relevancy in America. Let us not even mention the current political campaigns that grind on with continual lunacy, as we realize this is not some terrible joke. Or maybe it is.
If you stay on the Yahoo homepage too long, you may begin to question humanity, the meaning of life, etc. But behind all the glossy photos of oddness and debauchery, these are real people. They may be living in sin, some of them, or just dreadful sadness, but they all need a breath of fresh air–an encounter with the Holy One.
All of this noise is ridiculous. And it’s wrong.
It seems that we all have a yearning, unrealized by many, for something that is real, something that is simple. All of these wild shenanigans of pushing limits and turning our backs on God are supposed to appear invigorating. As Christians, it can be hard to know how to react. Even we can be gossip and excitement junkies who are late in learning that what we really need is Jesus, and then maybe a campfire in Michigan with coffee and gas station donuts, while we’re donned in flannel and moccasins. Okay, okay. This is my idea of the perfect “quiet” and perhaps yours is different. Well, good.
Quiet is not always peaceful, and peace is not always quiet, but making sure they both exist in your life is important. It is amazing to think that the Savior of the world went away, too. He was already the Prince of Peace, but He went to seek out some quiet. That way He could talk to His Father and regroup in his body and spirit. There are many verses that address Jesus retreating by himself and communing with the Father. Here are a few:
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” (Mark 1:35)
“… Jesus often to lonely places and prayed.” (Luke 5:15-16)
“Once again Jesus went out beside the lake.” (Mark 2:13)
“Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lake, and a large crowd from Galilee followed.” (Mark 3:7)
“Jesus went out to a mountain side to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him.” (Luke 6:12-13)
I hope that you are able to find a few minutes of quiet and seek the Prince of Peace today. Jesus was pushed by the crowds. While He loved them all, He also knew the importance of getting away from them. By spending time with the Father, He was able to give out to others as His Father willed.
So, pull away from the crazy and commune with your Father. Then you can love the crazies and thank God for loving a crazy person like you.
Keep the Faith,