Thursday, August 19, 2010

Summer Time

Summer in Canada is a time of vacations and getting away from the city.  Sandra and I love to get away every weekend, and whenever possible, we like to get away for a nice long summer vacation.  The places we go are generally remote, no telephone, no cell reception, no internet.  Nothing.  Totally unplugged.  We love it.

Some of our friends can’t understand how we can go away for a couple of days or a couple of weeks and be out of contact with people.  “How can you get by with out Facebook for two weeks?”  “How can you be out of range of texting or cell phones?”  It’s easy, we just are out of touch.  I love it.  No one can bother me, no one can find me.  I can totally relax, just the way it used to be just twenty years ago.  Yes, just twenty years ago!  That’s how quickly electronic technology has changed our lives.  No, changed isn’t a good enough word.  Technology has transformed our lives.  We expect to be able to instantly connect with anyone at any time.  We want, what we want, when we want it.  People seem to want everything “Right Now!” Well, there are lots of days, every week, when no one can connect with me.  And I love it.  I am happy to drop out of the instant access society for a while.

There is only one instantaneous, always there, always available connection I need.  Jesus is always only a prayer away.  If I have Jesus I am completely satisfied.  He doesn’t have to text or phone or skype of tweet me.  He is just there, always ready to talk, to laugh, to smile, to help.  I’ll use technology when it suits me, I’ll let Jesus use me when it suits Him.

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