Then suddenly I catch myself in the task and say, “Why are you doing this?” My answer varies depending on my state of mind; “Trying to find something. Just cleaning. On a bunny trail and this is where I landed.” Another answer has been, “I’m just zoned out”.
However, when I take the time to truly respond to the question, I get a more serious reply from myself; “My mind just needs a break.”
My active mind is busy, way too busy. Thinking about something all the time is normal, I was made this way. Things that pass through my mind are; how can I help someone, how can I encourage them, I need to write a hand-written note to a friend, how can I improve myself in this or that area of life. Also, included in these thoughts can be; what can I make for supper, I need to throw a load of laundry in the washer, do we have enough milk? My mind rarely stops, let alone takes a vacation!
When I find, myself doing this mind-numbing, zone out type of task, I find it largely beneficial. It takes my mind to a pause mode and I can bring my thoughts to a break from busyness and being settled with quietness. Staying in this state of mind has taken practice. I’ve reminded myself that quiet can fill my soul. It also lets me rest in God’s presence so I can hear His still small voice.
I believe God enjoys it when I quiet my thoughts and stop the busyness to visit with Him. If it be prayer, talking, or whispering with my voice in gratitude, praises of joy or tears of anguish He delights in our time together. It is good for me to focus on Him and let His presence over take me while I’m in this zone out mode. Accepting it, embracing it and being okay when it happens is good for my soul.
If you can relate to this zone out, mind-numbing time that can come upon us suddenly, I want to give you a challenge. When it happens, stop and simply enjoy the pause time. Thank God for slowing down of your mind, thank Him for all He’s doing in your life and ask Him for whatever your heart desires.