I think if you asked anyone who knew me they’d say that, on the continuum defined by “single thread” on one end and “multitasker” on the other, I probably fall somewhere on the multitasking side. I’d guess that it’s both a nature and nurture thing. I’m probably wired, to some extent, for juggling, but I’ve also been directed to developing that “skill” through my experience in the corporate world. As such, even post corporate world, I find myself usually with a number of things on the go.
Not saying that multitasking is better then single-threading . . just different . . . and how I think I’m put together. In fact, not surprisingly, it comes with its own set of challenges. One of those is the accumulative affect on the stress chart of having multiple things on the go. The greater the number of things going on, the greater the number of things to plan for . . . keep track of . . . and worry about. This last couple of weeks, I feel like I’ve been max’ing out. Appreciated God’s word this morning in helping to steady the ship and, by His Spirit, perhaps reduce some of the stress.
You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on You,
because he trusts in You.
Trust in the LORD forever,
for the LORD GOD is an everlasting Rock. (Isaiah 26:3-4 ESV)
Perfect peace. Sounds pretty good. In fact it’s doubly good. Looking behind the English, the literal translation for “perfect peace” is “peace peace” or shalom shalom. It is a double measure of soundness of mind . . . a double portion of tranquility of soul. It is an extra-strength sense of completeness and welfare. I’m thinking it’s what Paul refers to in Philippians when he talks about the availability of a “peace of God, which surpasses all understanding” that guards hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Php. 4:7). Shalom, shalom . . . thinking it’s just what the doctor orders for a multitasker who’s feeling the pressure of keeping everything going. So how does Mr. MT go about availing himself of some peace peace?
Sourced in God’s abundant grace, and dispensed by the Holy Spirit, it’s available to those “whose mind is stayed on You.” Those whose purposes are “leaned upon” the LORD GOD, the “everlasting Rock.” Peace that passes understanding accessible to those whose every multitask is laid against a desire to trust Him in all that is undertaken. Shalom shalom promised to those who support everything they do with a desire for God’s will and God’s glory.
As I was reminded a couple of weeks ago when a brother preached on priorities, every “to do” on my list subjugated to the one great desire “that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in His temple” (Ps. 27:4). I’m thinking having that mind might be a pretty good way of having a mind stayed on Him.
I know that us multitaskers need to be aware of how much gets added to the list. But more importantly, I need to, by God’s grace and in His power, have my mind stayed on Him. Trusting in Him with all my heart . . . leaning not to my own understanding . . . acknowledging Him in all my ways (and tasks) . . . confident that, when my heart, mind, and will are leaned up against my everlasting Rock, He will direct my paths (Prov. 3:5-6).
Stayed on Him . . . by His grace . . . for His glory.