The other day I was about 5 miles from home on a mission of a day full of errands. I was at a stop light and I thought, “I should call my mom”. I reached into my pocket for my cell phone. I gasped, it was not there. After frantically patting all of my pockets and a quick look into my purse, I realized my phone was at home. I thought of going back, but the light turned green and I pressed on!
I was mad at myself as there were calls to make, people to connect with. But then I decided to make the best of it and realized, I couldn’t be interrupted, asked for anything, or otherwise bugged. So it freed me up to connect with my Creator all day without interruption.
It turned out to be the best day of errands in years. Totally stress free and wonderful. I didn’t forget one item on my list because of talking on the phone. I didn’t have to hurry to get home to deal with something instead of completing all my errands. I was at peace all day long. I let people in front of me in line because by not being on the phone I was AWARE they had fewer items that I. I struck up conversations with those around me because I was not distracted with a call or text while waiting in line.
When I thought of calling someone I prayed for them instead. I prayed for many people that day. It was freeing physically and spiritually to leave the phone behind. (Ironically the model name for my phone is EXULT) I truly felt “missed by the creator” and he blessed me all day long.
Connecting with our creator is so crucial to our well being. Our prayer life depends on the connection. So much in our daily life interrupts that connection including our communication devices. The techno-distractions of today rob us of time around the altar with God that Abraham, David, and Moses enjoyed. I wonder how much God misses those intimate connections?
It is easy to hit LIKE or type the word “Praying” under a Facebook status that is requesting prayer…but do we REALLY pray? We tweet prayer requests but do we tweet answered prayer?
OH and by the way…. I plan to leave my phone behind a lot more. So if you are trying to reach me, leave a message because I might just be busy talking to the Lord…perhaps it’s about you!
POINT TO PONDER:
Do you find yourself distracted by the contraptions that were supposed to make our lives easier or better? If you lost electricity and internet do you think the quality time you spend with God would be different? Would you consider a cyber Sabbath of sorts where you’d refrain from social media to reconnect with your Creator? If so, why or why not?