How does it strike you when your internet is down?
Consider this humorous but telling clip:
We live in a ridiculously connected world.
I am typing this on a mobile device by means of a bluetooth keyboard while traveling down an interstate highway at approximately 75 miles per hour. I am, at the same time, awaiting responses to a message I sent to three of my kids concerning the meeting place and time at the end of this excursion.
In a few minutes I will complete this entry and do some editing and then share it with friends and family and mere acquaintances around the world. It’s mind-blowing to really think about it.
This connectedness is good.
We are able to stay in communication with people all over the world with devices that we carry in our pockets. We can converse with people face to face from faraway places. We can work together over incredible distances and share life in ways we never would have imagined twenty years ago.
We can give encouragement and prayer to friends serving in far-off lands and lay eyes on our soldiers during their deployment abroad. We can influence people like never before – which can be a huge impact for the Kingdom of God.
And yet… this connectedness is bad.
We easily get so distracted with these connections that we fail to connect with the people here in our physical presence. As Tim Elmore observed in his book, Generation iY, our youth are more connected than any previous generation, but less RELATIONAL than any before them. Many people – especially younger ones – don’t seem to know how to communicate face to face any more.
But the greatest danger is a spiritual one. Because we are so continuously connected with the world around us, we fail to consistently and deliberately connect with God.
Jesus, as He was teaching His followers about prayer, gave this description of how we connect with God:
But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.Matthew 6.6
So, is it time we learn to disconnect from all of the other stuff – the voices and the noise and the other influences – and just talk with God?
Seems easy enough…but is it?
How do you disconnect?