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Finding Peace in the Digital Age: Embracing the Global Day of Unplugging

While mindlessly surfing the internet, I discovered that today is the Global Day of Unplugging. It may seem ironic that I would spend time plugged in writing a blog post instead of enjoying God's beauty in nature. But today is not my day of rest. So, let's see if we can relate God's Word to the Global Day of Unplugging and find some peace in the process.

Finding moments of peace can seem elusive in a world buzzing with notifications and inundated with digital distractions. Our instant communication systems, meant to connect us, often end up disconnecting us from ourselves and isolating us from the world. But amidst the constant background noise of technology, there comes a reminder—an invitation to unplug and reconnect with what truly matters. This invitation is known as the Global Day of Unplugging.

Global Day of Unplugging: Overview

The Global Day of Unplugging is a 24-hour period where individuals worldwide are encouraged to:

It's a time to break free from the digital chains that bind us and rediscover the beauty of human interaction, nature, and prayerful time with God.

As we embark on this journey of unplugging, it's worthwhile to reflect on what God has to say about the importance of disconnecting and finding peace in a chaotic world. The Bible offers profound insights into the value of silence, solitude, and Sabbath rest.

Finding Peace--Unplugged--in The Bible

In the book of Psalms, we find a beautiful invitation to be still and know that God is present:

"Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" (Psalm 46:10, ESV).

This verse reminds us that true peace and clarity often come when we quiet the noise around us and turn our hearts to the Divine.

Similarly, in the gospel of Mark, we read about Jesus retreating to solitary places for prayer and reflection:

"And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, He departed and went out to a desolate place, and there He prayed." (Mark 1:35, ESV).

Jesus understood the importance of disconnecting from the world's demands and reconnecting with the source of his strength and purpose, our Heavenly Father.

The Sabbath, a day of rest and rejuvenation, is also deeply rooted in biblical tradition. In the book of Genesis, we learn that after creating the heavens and the earth, God rested on the seventh day, blessing and sanctifying it as a day of rest (Genesis 2:2-3, ESV).

The Sabbath serves as a sacred reminder that our worth is not determined by our productivity but by our inherent value as children of God.

On the Global Day of Unplugging, we are invited to embrace the spirit of Sabbath rest—to set aside our screens and obligations and instead, delight in the simple joys of life:

  • Spending quality time with loved ones

  • Fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ

  • Immersing ourselves in nature

  • Engaging in acts of kindness

  • Spending time with God in prayer and Bible study

Unplugging doesn't mean disengaging from the world around us; instead, it's an opportunity to engage more fully—with ourselves, others, and God. It's a chance to reclaim our time, attention, and humanity in a fragmented and disconnected world.

As we observe the Global Day of Unplugging, let us heed the wisdom of the ages and embrace the beauty of silence, solitude, and Sabbath rest. May we find peace during chaos, clarity in confusion, and renewal amid weariness. May we emerge from this sacred pause with hearts full of gratitude, minds refreshed, and spirits renewed. Ready to do the work God calls us to do.

Concluding Thoughts

So, as the sun sets on this beautiful March 1st day, let us unplug, unwind, and reconnect with the rhythms of life that truly nourish our souls. For in the quiet spaces between the noise, we may hear God whisper our name, saying, "Well done, good and faithful servant..." You can rest in the presence and grace of the most high God.

As the psalmist declares,

"He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul..." (Psalm 23:2-3, ESV).

May we be led to those still waters, where true refreshment awaits.

Happy Global Day of Unplugging. Take the weekend off, unplugged, and read your Bible! :-) God Bless!

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Greetings, I'm Trace!
I'm a retired counselor education professor who spent 35 years in the "helping professions." I'm a U.S. Air Force veteran who served as a Missile Launch Officer with I.C.B.M's during the Cold War (1980's). Today, I'm an "all-in" believer working full-time for our Lord Jesus Christ. I've included my personal testimony if you are interested. 
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