How does a sleep-deprived mom stay connected?
When I was asked to write a blog post for our Body and Soul website, I immediately jumped at the opportunity. I had just recently started blogging again, and thought that with all of the ideas swarming around in my head for different blog posts I would write in the future, I would have absolutely no problem coming up with something real, raw, and creative, something that would neatly tie right into this ministry that I am so passionate about. Instead, there I sat, with deer-in-the-headlight eyes staring at a blank screen, as if I were a day post-delivery. Isn’t this the way life seems to always go, though? The irony of it makes me just laugh, out loud, and then whisper to myself “Everything is normal.” Yes!
But, then I realized that the inspiration was inside me the whole time. For days, I had had a song stuck in my head. When I started listening, I realized, “Wow, there are some great lyrics in this song!” And then, a split second later, it hit me, “Wait a minute, this is a Body and Soul song!”
You may be wondering why the wheels in my mind were turning so slowly. Straight up, I am sleep deprived. Good, sound sleep has been a distant memory for the last 6 months, since my son was born. So anything that I write today that makes any sense is derived from the Only One who could sift through all the static and pull out words that actually go together and make some sort of sense.
And so I begin. The song that was playing in my head is by Building 429. It’s entitled “Go” and it talks about us being God’s hands and feet. And repeatedly says the words “GO!”
As I look around the world in which I live, I see less and less desire for people to actually get up and GO. We think we don’t really need to, I believe. We now have many different ways to communicate, connect and stay in touch with every and anyone we choose, at every and any time we decide. This, in some ways, disables our willingness to want to actually GO anywhere. Somehow, it seems, the more connected we are virtually, the less connected we become in the physical sense. Around Christmastime last year, a friend of mine decided that her family was not going to send out Christmas cards because “Everyone already sees us all the time on Facebook anyway.”
Hmmm. That didn’t sit well with my soul. Something about that just felt wrong. There is something lost in all the connectedness that we “think” we have. Virtual connection is no substitute for the real thing.
The song “GO” is a great reminder that if we don’t physically “get up and go,” who will? This is one reason I get up and GO to church. I get up and GO to my Body & Soul class. I need to get moving, physically, to connect with those around me and to follow God’s will. If we don’t GO to the lost and the hopeless, who will? Social media is useful for some things, but there is still a whole world out there, desperate for us to come out from behind our technological devices, and GO to them to spread the word Jesus spoke, and show the love He has. So, as the song says “I’ll never say, NEVER say, never say NO.”
I’ll leave you with one last thought. Jesus says”Therefore GO and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
He said “GO!” Will you? Do so and you will both be blessed…and be a blessing!
Lauren Bradley is a Body & Soul Instructor from Williamsport, MD.