The efforts to multitask have become incredibly popular. Just notice how your children try to study their homework along with listening to music, watching television, eating lunch and texting their friends - all at the same time! Many people think they are able to pull this kind of stuff off, but is multitasking really as effective as the hype claims?
A study was conducted recently where it was observed that pedestrians who walked while using their cell phones, ended up changing directions and having more near collisions than those who waked without using their cell phones. In this same study, an experiment was also done. A clown riding a tall unicycle was stationed in the center of a very prominent walkway which received lots of pedestrian traffic. At the end of the walkway, surveyers stopped walkers to ask, "Did you see the clown?" Only 25% using their cell phones answered they indeed noticed the clown. Can you believe it? Three out of four people were so absorbed with cell phones, they never saw the clown or knew the clown was even there! They just passed right by him completely unaware!
What about you and me? Is it possible to try multitasking our spiritual life? Is experiencing God simply one more thing we try to juggle into our flurry of rapid activities? Maybe a soundbite of a prayer scheduled in here or a brief Bible verse slotted in there as we hurry along? Is it possible to become so absorbed and distracted with our multitasking skills, that we not only miss seeing clowns on the street... but even fail to discern the presence of God?
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.
- Psalm 46:11 NIV
The verse doesn't say, "Multitask and know I am God - at the same time you do something else." Now don't get me wrong, I believe we can and should recognize God even in the middle of working and playing. But there really is something to be said about giving someone your undivided attention. God calls us to experience Him in stillness and give Him the undivided attention of our hearts.