According to a recent TIME magazine article, multitasking isn’t something you want on a resumé. The belief that doing more accomplishes more has been discredited.
In a 2009 study at Stanford University 262 college students were given multiple tasks to perform, but contrary to expectation, none of them did so successfully. The conclusion was that multitasking was a weakness rather than a strength.
But if multitasking is detrimental to brain health as the research shows, then what’s the solution?
A study in 2010 by Inserm, a French medical research firm, showed that tackling two assignments at the same time released each side of the brain to take on a different task.
Apparently the brain with a two-task limit performs better than a brain that’s juggling a stack of duties.
The procrastinators must love hearing this, but the type-A personalities are probably checking a dozen reports to see if it’s true.
I’m so glad God is a multitasker. How else could he keep the universe running and answer everyone’s prayers at the same time?
How did he juggle the details and the timing required to separate the Red Sea so the Israelites could walk on dry ground, and then drown Pharaoh’s army all in one event? That takes project management to a whole new level. (See Exodus 14 for the full story.)
And what about the amazing turn of events in Esther’s story where Mordecai is vindicated and Haman is revealed as the bad guy and hangs on the gallows? That took God’s magnificent planning who, by the way, never gets top billing in the story.
If God didn’t multitask, the sun, moon and stars would cease to shine, the seasons would dry up, and this planet would be uninhabitable. Then we’d really be in a pickle.
“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” – Psalm 8:3-4 ESV
Since God can do all these things without breaking a sweat, why can’t we?
Well, first of all, we’re not God.
Second, we can’t even handle our own lives let alone a planet.
And third, we don’t even realize how much we depend on him for everything. If God didn’t multitask our lives, none of us would be alive.
Just like the Israelites needed God’s intervention to cross the Red Sea and flee to safety, in a similar effort God intervened by sending his son, Yeshua (Jesus) to deliver us from multitasking our own self-efforts at gaining his approval. Jesus’s perfect life of obedience to God’s law is the only effort that pleases God, and his death on the cross for our sins is the only reconciliation that God will accept.
“For in him (Jesus) all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.” – Colossians 1:19-20 ESV
According to Scripture, sin has so marred the entire universe, including us humans, that it took the death of Jesus to fix the problem.
So ease up on multitasking, it doesn’t work in the office or with God. Instead, let’s concentrate a few minutes today on what Jesus did for us, and receive him, the way of reconciliation that brings us safely to God.