When asked to write on the topic ‘unplug’ back in the beginning of March, I had no idea what the next month would look like. Did anyone? During this time of self distancing, I’ve found myself spending less and less time on my phone and more and more time doing things that truly give me life. Waking up and spending time with Jesus – time that I thought I didn’t have enough of before. I’ve walked more than I have all year combined, eaten more meals with my family around a table than I have in the past five years, played tennis, read books, gone fishing, and I think driven all the back roads of Williamson County with the top down and music up. I have set aside my phone, let it die, and I have lived. I’ve spent this time doing things that fill my heart, refresh my mind, restore my soul.
At the beginning of this month, I felt the Lord ask me, ‘What is it that needs to die in order for there to be new life? In order for you to live?’
And y’all, I’ve been chewing on this for weeks. I can’t shake it. I can’t move from it. What is it in my heart that needs to go to make room for more of Jesus? More life, more love, more joy, more freedom, more peace… less of me and more of Him? If there’s one thing I can take from this time and know for sure, it’s this…God doesn’t ask for anything from you without in turn giving you more of Himself. Jesus. It’s a beautiful dance, this giving and receiving. This loving and being loved. This whole distancing ourselves from distractions and making room for Jesus.
I don’t know about you but I needed to take a step back. I needed to let the ground rest. To reprioritize, to unplug, and plug back into the one true source of every good thing.
Here’s the thing – we’re always plugged into something, right? So what is it that you’re plugged into and what is it you need to be unplugged from? I honestly feel kind of silly using the words plugged and unplugged so much, but I think they’re fitting, don’t you? We always get something out of what we’re plugged into. I’m talking all sorts of things here, not just Instagram and social media. We GET something out of everything we do. Every thought we entertain, every show we watch, every song we listen to, every book we read, every conversation we have, every app we open. We get something out of relationships we’re in and friendships we have that we know we maybe shouldn’t? We get something out of the foods we eat, the drinks we drink, you name it. Whatever you’re plugged into, you’ll get something out of.
I’m walking out of this with Jesus. Refreshed. Restored. Better off than I was before. Plugged into Jesus. Not by accident, but by choice. Giving him what I’ve been carrying around, the distractions, the weights, the sin, the relationships, the anythings and everythings that don’t lead me to His heart. Taking hold of His outstretched hand, the life that He offers, and walking with Him. Wherever He leads me, whatever it looks like. I’m walking out of this with Jesus.
Sarah Tucker is the owner of Imago Dei in Franklin and Nashville, TN, where the heart behind the shop is to point people back to Jesus and serve as a reminder to everyone who visits that they are made in the image of God. She loves drinking coffee, long country drives, and spending time with her friends and family! Follow Sarah on Instagram @sarahatucker
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