Decompress

I love Twitter and Facebook.  I think they are great social media networking tools and that every company should be using them to reach their market.  I could go on and on about why, but that’s not the point of this post.

The point is, as much as I love them, I am addicted to them!  So today through Sunday I am taking some time off from them.  This is going to be hard since they are on my own and I feel the incessant need to check them both, but I think it’s definitely necessary.  I am going dark on social media.  Who knows…if I like it then I might start a weekend tradition.  

As a part of this detox, I am also turning off my work email on my phone and not accepting work phone calls on the weekend.  I can still read the emails on my home computer and answer any that are critical, and I will still listen to any messages left to see if they need to be returned.  But honestly, what is so important that it needs to be done on the weekend?  I think it’s ok to take a break.

Let the break begin!

Selah

This morning I was reading Psalm 60 and a couple of things jumped out at me that I thought I would share.  Sometimes writing it out helps me process, so I decided to write it here this time.

The Psalm starts out like this:

You have rejected us, O God, and burst forth upon us; you have been angry- now restore us!  You have shaken the land and torn it open; mend its fractures, for it is quaking.  Yo have shown your people desperate times; you have given us wine that makes us stagger.

Everything in this first paragraph made me think about our world today.  I know that some people in our country are really hurting right now.  All I have to say is the phrase that is being tossed around all over the place “these current economic times” and you know what I mean.  People all over the world are hurting, not just because of the economy, but because of the tragedy taking place all around us.  Child sex trafficking, genocide, HIV, cancer, water crisis… I could go on and on.  Our world is hurting.  As the psalmist says “it is quaking.”  People are feeling the desperation that David must have been feeling when he wrote this.  As you read the words you can almost feel the ache in his heart.  He is crying out for restoration and healing!

Then he says this:

But for those who fear you, you have raised a banner to be unfurled against the bow.

To be honest with you, I don’t know exactly what it means, but it is drenched in hope!  I know that because the next word is one of my favorite words in the Bible, Selah.  Think on this, meditate on this, praise Him for this.  I love that word!  Yes there is pain, yes there is destruction, yes we are quaking, but we have a banner to be unfurled against the bow!  That was such good news to David that he included Selah.  So today, I am embracing Selah and rejoicing in my banner!

(P.S. if anyone knows what “to be unfurled against the bow” actually means, I would love to know.  Although even in my ignorance it was really encouraging to me!)