Busyness is an addiction that is masked as a positive trait. I am sitting at a coffee shop as I type today’s post, and a lady just showed up to a meeting with another guy. He arrived a few minutes early and was banging away on his computer. Her first comment, “You look like you are doing well. Busy, productive, making things happen.” Everywhere we turn busyness is affirmed.
If anyone had justification for busyness it was Jesus. He had a lot to accomplish and not much time to get it all done. So what did he do, he often rested. During one of his most intense days of public ministry his response was, “And He said to them, ‘Come away by yourselves to a lonely place and rest a while.’ For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.” Even in the midst of effectively caring for others, Jesus recognized the importance of not allowing busyness to take over.
Jesus’ model of stealing away for times of quiet is the single most effective way to combat addiction to busyness. As we take time to be alone with the Father we are reminded that He is control, that our identity is in Him, and our importance is not tied to our busyness. If busyness is overwhelming you today just stop, quit it for a little while, and get alone with the Father.