Notes from the Church Lady
“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”
— Jeremiah 33:3
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
— 1 Peter 5:6-7
Technology can be a wonderful thing; that is, until it goes on the blink. I am amazed at how reliant I am on things such as computers, Internet, cell phones, and other devices designed to make our life easier and more productive. There are so many electronic devices that we become dependent on and don’t give a second thought to how we use them.
One example is the remote control for the television. When I was a child, I was the remote control. Daddy would tell my brother or I to get up and change the channel or adjust the volume. At the time, there were only three stations available on that old black-and-white set so we didn’t have to change channels very often. Today, we have numerous channels to choose from and never give the remote a second thought unless it is misplaced.
Growing up, computers were something you saw in a movie. These huge monsters took up an entire room and were limited to how much they could do. We never imagined that someday we would have a computer in our very own home. Of course we never dreamed there would be something called the Internet where a person could access unlimited information with the click of a mouse (not the rodent variety).
I didn’t realize how much I take all of this for granted until it didn’t work. This was the case when I started on this week’s column, wondering how I would get it sent through the Internet when the device that provides service quit functioning. It was even worse when I learned it would be the end of the week before a replacement arrived and we would once again be back online. I wondered how I would get by that many days.
It was then that reality hit me along with a much-needed Biblical truth. Why do I rely so much on an electronic device when I did without it for most of my lifetime? Even though much of the world depends on them, I can get by without them. I would find another way to turn in my column. I wondered why I worried about it in the first place.
As for the Biblical truth, it dawned on me how even though communication in the world has so drastically changed, communicating with the Lord remains so simple. All that is required is calling out to the Lord in prayer. It doesn’t matter how minor a situation may seem, the Lord is always there waiting to hear our prayers. The Lord tells us to cast all our burdens and cares on him. This becomes easier when we have an open line of communication with the Lord.
Instead of turning to the Lord only when we have a problem, we should be in communication with him at all times beginning with praise instead of praying only when there is a need. I find that on the days that I begin with a prayer of thanksgiving and continue with short prayers throughout the day that life is easier to handle.
When thinking of prayer, I thought of my cell phone and what happens when I forget to recharge the battery. I don’t know how many times Mark has tried to call me and the battery to the cell phone was dead or, worse yet, I had forgotten to turn the phone on. The same thing can be said of prayer where instead of a cell phone, the battery, the power source from God gets stronger with use. The only time the connection is unavailable is when we turn off our end of the connection with God by failing to pray.
Even though I am disconnected from the Internet for a while, I am so thankful that I will never be disconnected from the Lord. It is just like Jeremiah 33:3 that tells us to call on the Lord. How blessed we are to have a direct line to the Lord that will never suffer from technical difficulty.