This week I was reading about researchers who study folks that just can’t seem to put down their electronic devices. You know the people I’m talking about…those who just can’t stay off Facebook, are constantly checking their phones for the latest text message, or just can’t stop watching their email. We see them at restaurants checking their electronic devices while they eat. We see them walking down the street paying little attention to traffic as they check their devices. In fact, I recently watched a video of a woman sending a text message as she walked right off an ocean pier into the water.
Researches now have even given this behavior a name. They call it FOMO, which stands for “fear of missing out”. Several researchers believe that some people are so afraid that they are missing something important that they just can’t put down their electronic devices for fear of missing out. They can’t stand the thought that they might miss out on the latest Facebook status, miss a text, or might miss that important work email.
When is the last time you had spiritual FOMO? When is the last time you had a fear of missing out on something that God had just for you? Are you so busy running from appointment to appointment that you don’t even have time to think about God’s plans for you? Can you even remember the last time you asked God what he has in store for you?
It’s not a surprise to God that our human nature keeps pushing us to do more…often occupying ourselves with tasks that have nothing to do with eternity. In Isaiah 46:10 God says, be still and know that I am God. You see God knows sometimes we just need to disengage and “be still” in the presence of God. It is in those moments we can listen to God and make certain that we aren’t missing out on what He has for each of us.
So during this busy holiday season may I ask that you experience some spiritual FOMO, disengage from your daily routine and simply be still in the presence of God? Ask God if you are missing out on something that He has in store for you. You may just receive the best gift you can imagine.