Are You Disconnected?

Are You Disconnected?

Disconnected. What does that mean to you?

In our culture, we remain connected to the world around us 24/7. We can’t imagine days of waiting for a letter, or months to travel internationally. I’m old enough to remember the days before computers and cell phones. Even then, we had radios, television, and home phones.

My husband and I traveled to Yellowstone National Park a few years ago. What a gorgeous place! I would go again in a heart beat, but this time we would prepare to be disconnected. My husband is a realtor. He manages our rental property as well as that of others. He lives by the telephone. In my writing career, I keep in touch with publishers and readers with the internet. We talk every few days with our three adult daughters.

When we arrived in the park campground, the first thing we learned was there was no computer service and no cell towers. A pay phone near the office a half mile away was our only link, and it wasn’t working. We could view no channels on our TV, and our RV radio didn’t work.

We were isolated from everything. It was scary.

We drove an hour and a half to Cody, Wyoming to contact our children and business associates to let them know that we couldn’t be reached for several days. The next day, we found cell service an hour away at Old Faithful when we tried to make a call. It was the only place in the park where our phones worked.

That experience got me thinking about our communication capabilities with the Lord. God provides prayer and meditation as our link to Him all the time, but how often do we use it? If we don’t, we still can’t hear His voice no matter where we are.

Religion today is largely the imitation of an example when it ought to be the hearing of a Voice. And so, the interior life of Christians has become a dynamo, busy with plans and philanthropies and activity, when it ought to be a receiving set, primarily concerned with catching the messages from on high.

                                                                                         Courage to Change

The Christian Roots of the Twelve-Step Movement

Compiled and edited by Bill Pittman and Dick B.

Is your communication with the Lord open 24/7? Or are there times spent in Yellowstone that you’re out of touch?

We trust God to lead us and guide us, but how can He do that if we’re not listening for His direction. We long for adult children to call and let us know how they are, just because they know we love them. How much more does God desire we visit with Him daily, pouring out our troubles and questions to the only one who can give assistance?

For God speaks in one way, and in two, though man does not perceive it.

Job 33:14

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.

John 10: 27-28

 

Around our house, I turn on the radio for calming music. The power for me to hear that music is always there, but I will not receive it unless I turn on the radio switch. When we went to Old Faithful, we would still have not reached our daughters unless we’d made the call.

Are you turning on the switch of quiet time? Are you opening your signal through prayer?

It’s not enough to have the Lord on speed dial. We must click the button.

 

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Janet K. Brown About Janet K. Brown

Janet K. Brown scored a dream come true when God gave her writing as her ministry. Her women’s fiction, Worth Her Weight, released this year as a compliment to her devotion book, Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness. She lives with her husband in Wichita Falls, TX and loves to visit family and share with writers and readers.

Comments

  1. This is so true, Janet. Our world is so full of things pulling at our attention. We have to be intentional about plugging our time in with the Lord. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Janet K Brown says:

    Thanks, Cynthia. I’m glad it’s not just me.

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