My National Unplugging Day made me realize that I can be plugged and yet be unplugged. Here’s the account of my discovery.
6:30 pm Dinner with the family. Everything was fixed ahead of time so I just had to turn on the oven. Black bean burritos were yummy. So was the chocolate orange bundt cake. Got the recipe here.
8:00 pm An hour in the hot tub with the family. Beautiful starry night. Quiet.
9:30 pm. Crawled into bed with a good book. I read TrueFaced. Felt spiritually charged. Did not miss my laptop. I guess it was because I would have used to just read anyway. Have to admit I was tempted to get on Facebook and see what was going on and tweet about my unplugged Sabbath. But I was good.
12:00 am. Fell asleep.
8:30 am. Cat woke me up. Sipped some ginger tea while I read Psalm 1-10 in The Message. Felt compelled to write about my thoughts on the David’s open and honest relation with God. Took me 30 minutes to find paper and pen which I abandoned decades ago when I got my first laptop. Pen finally in hand, I discovered I can no longer write fast enough to keep up with my thoughts. Frustrated, I lost my thoughts before I could get them on paper.
11:30 am. At church–without my iPhone. But then there was a reference during the sermon that I wanted to read in context. Unfortunately the book he was referring to was on my phone which I didn’t have. Was frustrated. Again.
1:00 pm. My son and I fixed lunch together. It’s our usual Sabbath ritual that I look forward to every week. Same menu. Same routine. And only on the Sabbath. Felt warm and fuzzy. (Chicken curry, coconut rice, vegetable stir fry, chocolate cup cakes)
3:00 pm. I had planned on talking a walk with my husband–Not that I enjoy walking or nature, but I thought it would be a good way to totally immerse in the unplugging experience. But then, it was raining (yay), so I sat down instead to evaluate my unplugging experience:
–Realized that while there is nothing wrong with friendly chatter and postings, Facebook and Twitter were not uniquely spiritually uplifting. So I have decided that they shall not be part of my Sabbath anymore. Maybe if my daughter (who is away at college) were a Facebook user, I’d feel differently about using it to communicate with her. But she’s not and I feel that everything I usually say and read on Facebook during the Sabbath hours can wait a day.
–Realized that I need my laptop and my iPhone on the Sabbath to be plugged in spiritually. My personal devotion needs my fingers on a keyboard. My time in church is enhanced with the apps I use–the different versions of the Bible, my concordance, EGW writings, etc. However, I know that in order to truly experience respite and renewal, I need to exercise self-control and limit the use of my gadgets as tools to enhance my Sabbaths.
–Understood that being unplugged–to me, at least–is not limited to turning off my gadgets. It has to be about turning off everything in my life that makes the rest of the week crazy. On the Sabbath Day I need to unplug and replug myself into that which bring me peace, joy and contentment–my God and my family. This means, on the Sabbath Day I need to be unplugged from more than gadgets that confine me to busyness; I need to unplug from:
–worrying about my bills
–thinking about the deadlines coming up on Monday
–doing stuff around the house that can wait
–committing to things in the community that take me away from family
–trivial and nonsensical chatter that take away from the Day’s specialness
–the secular minutia that find a way to creep into my spiritual calm
4:00 pm. I plugged in to get unplugged–I turned on my laptop and let my fingers go at the keyboard in wild excitement about a Day well spent.
4:30 pm. Took a nap.
6:00 pm. Woke up feeling refreshed to start another week.
Yay for the Sabbath Manifesto. My prayer is that every week there are more and more who experience this day as God meant it to be.