Running Just to Catch Myself

If you need to know what a mind-numbing comfort is, check your app store—you’re sure to find one.

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I’ve been dealing with mind mush for the past few weeks.

My foot hit the gas and I feel like I haven’t been able to slow down enough to put two words together in my writer’s brain. Or even in my actual brain. Though I haven’t been able to control many of the circumstances surrounding this fast-paced month, I haven’t done a good job of seeking God’s peace in the midst of it.

I have a habit of always filling the silence with something, especially when I’m busy and I just want to veg out. It’s a mind mush of my own making.

I’d like to caution against this flaw in my routine, by reminding myself that the reason I feel like I haven’t caught up to myself in weeks is because I’ve stopped rejuvenating my soul with God. I’ve turned to other mind-numbing comforts instead.

If you need to know what a mind-numbing comfort is, check your app store—you’re sure to find one.

So, how do I break out of that cycle? One choice at a time.

Delete the app.

Unplug the TV.

That’s a good way to start.

Instead, search for edifying content. Sermons, faith-building podcasts, peaceful music. Open your Bible and don’t close it until something has taken root in your soul.

We need to practice turning to God, who can actively build us a place of safety and rest, rather than turning to distractions and pretending that they have any value.

Somedays we’ll make great choices and feel good about ourselves, and somedays we won’t. The key is to continue to align our priorities with God.

I know that when I start to do that again, my mind mush will become clear.

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” -Psalm 91:1 (NIV)


This is an updated edition of a post originally published on Meahltime

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About the Author

Leah Jordan Meahl writes Christian fiction that both entertains and challenges faithful believers. Based in Upstate South Carolina, she’s part of Greenville Christian Writers Group. Published works include her 2019 novella The Threshold, and her 2020 devotional Pebbles: 31 Days of Faith-enriching Parables. She’s been published with Christian Devotions, has contributed as a blogger for Write2Ignite, and worked as a volunteer evaluator for Illuminate YA Fiction. When she’s not writing, she works as an Assistant Activities Director for a local church. You can find her at her website