Okay, call me Negative Nelly. The setting and people were the best. I got to engage with several very affirming people in Christian writing. So, what could I have to complain about?
Those oh so beautiful mountains majesty kept interfering with Internet service. Maybe I need a remedial course in phone settings. Or maybe, God wanted me to focus more on the conference.
Dear Reader, I'm embarrassed to admit I was far too distracted far too often by the lack of Internet connection. More than once, I was probably paying far too much attention to the screen in my hand than the big picture.
Okay, wait for it . . . here comes a God moment.
No, I never did ask or figure out how to stay connected with the Internet on my phone or tablet. I did figure out something else. (Sadly, it wasn't until I was out of the "No Service" zone.)
How often do I get disconnected from God? When that happens, do I notice right away, or does it take a minute? To what extent do I go to reconnect? Am I ever too embarrassed to ask a brother or sister in Christ for help?
Apparently this isn't a new problem for 21st century Christians. James wrote about the same issue to 1st century Christians: "Admit your faults to one another and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous man has great power and wonderful results." (James 5:16 TLB)
Internet connections are merely distractions of today's culture. The writer of Psalm 78 knew people could easily get off track: "So they would all trust in God, never forgetting what he had done and always obeying his commands. They would not be like their ancestors, who were stubborn and refused to obey. Their hearts were not devoted to God, and they were not faithful to him." (Psalm 78:7-8)
In case you're tired of this metaphor, I'll cut to the chase. Sometimes I let distractions interfere with my prayer time, either dedicated quiet time of intercession or chats throughout my day. When that happens, I don't always notice right away. I may not notice until I need something only my God and Savior supply.
What works for me, Dear Reader, if to try to be aware daily of my connectivity to my Heavenly Father. And not only for making requests. God is a gentleman, but He longs to spend time with me: "So the Lord is waiting to show his mercy to you. He wants to rise and comfort you. The Lord is the God who does the right thing, so he will bless everyone who waits for his help. . . The Lord will hear your crying, and he will comfort you. When he hears you, he will help you." (Isaiah 30:18, 19b ERV)
What works for me is to make sure my heart is open to and interacting with God's. Do you ever get the "No Service" message? How do you reconnect with God?
I'll be connecting with Mary (Giving Up on Perfect) and Holley (Coffee for Your Heart) this week.