People today have access to enormous amounts of information instantaneously. The flow of new incoming data never stops. For me, the problem lies in taking time to reflect on it.
The Psalmist David begins a famous passage with the words “When I consider.” He lists God’s handiwork, His concern for man, His position in creation, etc. The section of scripture ends with a declaration well known in Christian circles: “Oh Lord, how majestic is your name in all the Earth!” Though I’ve heard these words of praise many times, nobody ever explained to me how David got there… He paused to consider.
I know the alternative far too well. A life of running from one thing to the next. Anxiety. Tension. Perhaps depression.
Making it a priority to just ponder and be contemplative, therefore, has tremendous benefits and can make the difference between stress and peace. The seasons of life when I’ve been successful at this practice – and when I haven’t – are my own personal proof. That’s something worth considering.