Can you hear me now?

The other day I was in an airport, and I walked into an elevator. I picked up my phone and the unimaginable happened – my phone had lost service. I’m not going to lie, I had a mini freak out until I realized that I would be getting out of the elevator in 2.5 seconds and then I could text whoever I was trying to talk to.

This made me think about how attached we are to the relationships we build with people through technology. Who ever talks in person anymore? I mean, seriously, now that we have animated emoticons who needs real conversations?….KIDDING. It really is sad though how much we rely on our phones and Facebook and twitter to communicate with people. I read a study saying that 57% of teens view their cell phone as the key to their social life. That makes me sad. I mean, I give you points for being able to text with your eyes closed and with your toes and nose and whatever other tricks there are, but there’s a point when you need to say, “ttyl” and have a face to face conversation.

Now, I’m writing this mostly for myself. I am guilty more than any one of relying on my phone for everything. If I forget my phone for a day I feel incomplete. How sad is that? When I don’t have service I have a mini panic attack over the fact that I can’t text everyone back or update my status or “check in” on Facebook when I’m sitting at Denny’s with the crew.

We depend on technology to have relationships, and when people are out of service or offline, we have no one to talk to. Can you imagine if our relationship with God was like that? If sometimes He just logged off or we got a voicemail when we tried to talk to Him? How crazy would that be?

I can just hear it:

“Hi, you’ve reached God, the Creator of everything, sorry I’m not here, I’m out being awesome. Leave a message at the beep…”

God does NOT work that way. He is in everything and He is everywhere. He’s God. He can hear all of us at once, as impossible as that may seem.

I know it may not seem like it sometimes, but God is WAY cooler than anything on the internet. He’s crazy cool. I mean props to Steve Jobs for Apple and Zuckerberg for Facebook, but my homie up in heaven (God) made the UNIVERSE. Beat that.

So long story short…take advantage of the relationship we are able to have with a God who will never lose service, never log off, and never de-friend us. We have a 24/7 direct line to Him. Use it. It’s free. No hidden charges, I promise. So start praying!! It may seem hopeless because we’ve prayed before and our prayers haven’t been answered, but give Him a little time. He knows what He’s doing and when He’s going to do it. Like he says in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

So here’s the basic idea of this whole post:

  1. Use God, call on Him any time of the day or night…He’ll hear you. Guaranteed.
  2. God is way better than the internet (plus He doesn’t charge money)
  3. He knows what He’s doing…so let Him do His thing.

When God calls, don’t let it go to voicemail. Answer it. Listen.

Yours in the infinite God,

Clare

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