"From a spiritual perspective we’ve got to remember the enemy is sneaky. He may approach you with something that, in itself, is not sinful or harmful, but when given too much dominion in our lives, becomes like an idol."
If you’ve ever seen me during my commute, walking around downtown, on the bus, working at a coffee shop or what have you. If I am ever alone, I ALWAYS have my headphones on.
(Partly as a defense mechanism against creepers trying to holla) but mostly because I have a passion for music. Listening to my headphones takes me into one of my favorite worlds, that is, the world of music, rhythms, lyricism and history all together, all at one time.
On Tuesday night, I ran across a quote on Instagram that said something like this,
“If there is something that you can’t fast from, you are in bondage to it.”
I meditated on these words for a moment, and I thought about whether or not there was something in my life that I would have trouble giving up or letting go of, even temporarily. The only idea that popped into my head was, listening to my headphones, this is something that would be hard for me to let go of. The thought lasted for only a flash.
On Wednesday morning, I woke up and began to get ready for work. But I couldn’t find my headphones!
Now, I can remember this happening to me in the past; I would leave my headphones at home, realize it on the way to work and then I would actually stop at the gas station or a phone store on the way to the office just to buy a new pair of headphones because I couldn’t bear the idea of enduring the day without them.
Looking back I recognize the compulsive addictive behavior that I would’ve mislabeled as passion.
So yesterday morning, when I couldn’t find my headphones, as irritated as I was that I would be missing a crucial part of my everyday routine, I didn’t let myself get upset…after all, my life is in God’s hands…And what are the chances that I lose my headphones the morning after considering my dependence on them? Is it possible that this was a divine set up?
I changed my attitude from anxiousness and irritation to, “Okay God, show me what you want to show me.”
I rode the bus yesterday morning in calming silence. I read a book, I heard the morning conversations of my neighbors, I heard the lull of the bus on the highway. I noticed the trees and the grey serene morning sky in a more authentic way and, most shockingly, I could hear my thoughts!
I am a Christian, but I don’t only listen to Christian music. There are mornings I might listen to Kendrick or NWA, maybe EWF or Diana Ross. The issue is not the music itself (“Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.” Mark 7:15) the issue is the distraction that it may be causing.
I realized yesterday morning that I don’t give my mind much time to breath which is crucial for inspiration and more importantly, hearing from God. There is nothing wrong with listening to music in the morning, but if I listen to music every time I am alone except when I sleep or working intently on something else, then I’m not allowing my mind the environment necessary to cultivate and develop strong ideas and I’m also not spending as much time with God as I can.
Social media can be the same kind of distraction, choking out thoughts and dreams and ideas that lay dormant inside of us and have yet to blossom.
From a spiritual perspective we’ve got to remember the enemy is sneaky. He may approach you with something that, in itself, is not sinful or harmful, but when given too much dominion in our lives, becomes like an idol.
“For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God,” Exodus 34:14
God gave me the opportunity to check myself on yesterday. He revealed to me the diligence and loyalty that I had to something other than Him. Not having my headphones allowed Him to show me these very things.
With Love Always,
Tiffany Trawick ♥