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The Art of Resetting: Close Your Eyes

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Here’s a mystery.

Why is it that nearly every electronic device around our home has had a seizure at some point and has gotten frozen? The first thing my husband always does is turn it off. He helps the bloodless device to close its eyes, so to speak, and mysteriously the device resets.

How does it do that?

It manages to kick out all the jammed up commands and clicks and messages and then opens its eyes as if everything is new again.

Here is the bigger question for me lately. How is it that a freaked out electronic device that has no soul, can demonstrate the art of resetting by shutting down and pausing before it restarts and yet I resist the same simple process?

“You made my body, Lord; now give me sense to heed your laws.” Psalm 119:73

How about you? When was the last time you put down your phone, turned off the TV, stopped the music and closed your eyes? My grandbabyboy has no trouble clocking out. Especially in the car.

Lately I’ve been thinking about my friend Paula taught me how to step away from the frenzy, close my eyes, breathe, listen and reset. She hosts reFresh retreats in Oregon where she leads small groups through a weekend of resetting. If you ever get a chance to attend one of her retreats, GO!

One of my most vivid memories of the reFresh retreat I went to over six years ago was when Paula invited us to close our eyes and open our hands to the Lord in prayer. It was such a simple act and yet one that was foreign to my busy little self. She quietly played her guitar by the fireplace as we simply breathed and waited before the Lord.

My mind began to fill with thoughts of things that mattered for eternity, not to-do lists for that day. The jammed up pressures of my lists, emails and messages all mysteriously evaporated. I found my spirit longing for more of Jesus. More of His Word. More of His wisdom.

When I opened my eyes I felt renewed. Uncluttered. Focused on the Lord and His way of doing things. I could see what really mattered.

It’s important to add that I didn’t just close my eyes in order to zone out or avail myself to some crazy rouge spirits that might be roaming the unseen universe at the moment, looking for an open mind to influence. All my focus was and is on God Almighty, the one true God. I want to know Him and Him alone.

I’m trying to practice the art of resetting these days by stopping to read a Psalm or two during the day. Then I close my eyes and listen to the echoes that bounce off my brain and land in my heart. God’s Word, His truth, brings hope and peace. The stress evaporates.

I want to know God. I want to know His purposes for my life. I want to follow Him. In order to live that way, I must close my eyes. I must be still.

Be still and know that I am God.  Psalm 46:10

Here’s a final thought on the art of resetting. The words, “close your eyes”, usually come before we’re presented with a surprise. Or before we dare to hope and make a wish.

What if God has a surprise waiting for you? What if He wants you to dare to hope and eagerly believe in His perfect timing and His unearthly way of doing things?

What if He is waiting, patiently waiting for you to stop, listen, rest and just close your eyes?

Yet the Lord still waits for you to come to him
so he can show you his love. Isaiah 30:18

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  • Lindsay

    Love this. Absolutely love this. Especially the part where you’re drawing attention to The Lord during your quiet time not to the universe, earth or other idol us Portlandians are being taught daily thru social media, social interactions and even the news (katu had an article on meditation in the classroom for kids in public school being taught to help the noisier kids stay focused ( truly ironic since prayer did the exact same thing 20 years ago but politics took it away)). Thank you for this epic reminder to just stop. Look up (or inward). And listen. To our Lord. Amen Robin, amen!

  • DaisyTea

    Perfect Word for this day! I love it!!!

  • noonespellsmynameright

    I’ve been battling lately – mostly with panic over being too busy! I’ve been longing for a chance to retreat and quiet myself before Jesus. You always are so timely Robin.
    Last week my husband and I decided we would take a couple of days off and do our own retreat. We’re calling it Emoseying. As in travelling the road while Jesus teaches us like the travellers on the road Emmaus. We’re gonna drive the Chuckanut next weekend, we’ll take turns driving while the other reads from a couples devotional. Our own little mobile retreat with some great worship on the ipod as we reconnect with God and each other. I am also planning to check out refresh!

  • Deanna Edwards

    Thank you for this post. It really touched my heart.

  • Kristin

    Beautiful. Thank you.

  • http://ohamanda.com/ ohAmanda

    Yes! I love this–it’s not just closing our eyes and blanking or vegging out. It’s shutting down to focus on God and have him fill us, lead us or surprise us. I love the distinction. Sometimes I unplug, but don’t plug into Him! Thanks for the wonderful reminder to see God and know Him more.