“Superficiality is the curse of our age. The doctrine of instant satisfaction is a primary spiritual problem. The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but of deep people.” – Richard J. Foster, Celebration of Discipline
What has happened to us? I’m not that old, but I remember a day when people took the time to think. When they contemplated. When they applied, and possibly failed, then rethought, contemplated again, and reapplied. This process took time, but not only were people willing to do it, it was mandatory for a well-lived, well-rounded, grounded life.
I also remember that this was the day when there were no microwaves, cell phones, or remote controls. You no longer have to take the time to seek God out because He’s delivered to your BlackBerry twice a day. You don’t have to be concerned with the effort it takes in fostering relationships and fellowship with people because the word you need meets you in bed on Sunday morning at 9a.
Technological advances are fabulous, but we’ve also become a world of rocky ground and thorn bushes. Nothing of substance penetrates our being anymore because it all comes and goes so fast. Everything gets tangled up and smothered out in the hustle before we can even take any of it to heart. And it works for us because who has time to stop and listen anyway?
That must break His heart because it is so easy to simply sit with God. Listen and look for God. Strong, deep relationships take that kind of time and this one is absolutely no different. Remember, He made the full allotment of your time anyway.
There is no limit to the depths which he will go in you and for you once you shake off the shallow.