Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” — Mark 6:31
Studies show noise affects human behavior. In one experiment carried out by psychologists, a student leaving a library intentionally dropped an armload of books. In 50% of the cases, a passerby stopped to help the student pick up the books.
Then the experimenters brought out a lawn mower without a muffler and started it near where a student would again intentionally drop the books. But this time, only about 10% of the people who passed by stopped to help. It was clear that the behavior changed because of the earsplitting sound of the nearby lawn mower.
In experiments in Los Angeles, researchers found that children who lived in neighborhoods near the airport could not complete certain tasks undertaken when jets were landing and taking off as easily as children who lived in quiet neighborhoods.
So what is it about quietness that makes us comfortable? No doubt, when high levels of concentration are required for a certain task, the best way to be sure you can focus well is to have peace and quiet. Yet quietness does more than help us concentrate, it gives our minds rest from a hectic world.
This is why it’s important to get away for some time each day and be quiet. Use this time to focus on God and deepen your relationship with Him. You’ll be much better prepared to deal with the busyness of life when you spend time recharging in a daily quiet time.
Pray that God would give you the discipline to dedicate time each day to recharging and focusing on Him.
Questions for thought
What are some things you like to do when you unplug from the busyness of life and spend some quiet time?
How do you think spending some regular time alone every day would better enable you to deal with daily tasks?