Stay Connected

So last night, was another fateful night in the life of my cell phone(s).  Currently, I’m at my parents house for work and as I was walking down the dark stairway for dinner, out of nowhere, my dad’s faithful hunting dog, Zeke, barraded me, causing me to trip over him and drop my cell phone.  Thankfully, he was the one who took the tumble and not me, but with six weeks to go in my pregnancy it was a scary situation.

The end result was that my cell phone, which has been held together for over a year by a rubber band, finally split into two pieces.  It had been a good run, but this is just so not the time to have to deal with cell phone issues.

So what’s a mature, 28-year old girl, on the verge of giving birth to do?  I sat down to dinner with my parents and I cried.  It was bad enough to lose my computer last week, but now my cell phone?  It was just too much.  (For the record, I’m well aware these are just trivial possessions…but in the moment I was pretty emotional).

With my cell phone, I didn’t like the feeling of feeling so disconnected.  B is out of town…how will he be able to reach me to let me know his plane landed?  My friend is watching our sweet dog…what if something happens and she needs to get in touch with me?  And then there’s work…some people might disagree, but I love being able to get my work email on my phone 24-hours a day; how can I just “go dark”?  What if someone needs something?!

Believe it or not, there was a time before Zack Morris, where no one had a cell phone or email, and somehow, we managed to survive.  But clearly, I appreciate instant connectivity and access. 

As I pondered the fastest way to get connectivity back in my life, I had an epiphany: when it comes to God, there’s no number, no charger, no data plan, no hidden fees, no away messages, and no device required to plug in and get connected.  He’s just there–all the time in any and every situation.  Isn’t that the best!?

So as we continue in this Advent season and are hurriedly trying to connect with family and friends via Christmas parties, cards, gifts, and meals, let’s all be reminded that in our midst is the God of the Universe ready and willing to connect with us in deep and personal ways.  A God who loves us so much, that He sent His son in the form of a baby as a gift for a people in desperate need of saving.

If you don’t connect with anyone else this month, be sure you plug in to the sweet, faithful, loving, continual presence of our God.

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I WILL be found by you,” declares the Lord.”
Jeremiah 29:13-14 (NIV, emphasis added)
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
James 4:8