During a recent camping trip, I felt frustrated, thinking I couldn’t communicate with anyone just because I lacked access to text messages, voicemail, email, and social media. I’ve grown so used to such things that suddenly being without the Internet or cell service felt like a significant loss or adjustment. I began to wonder if I feel the discomfort of adjustment and a sense of loss when disconnected from God.
We’ve grown accustomed to technology because the technology is readily accessible and we use it regularly. When we lose access, we notice rather quickly. We may even feel lost or frustrated. Disconnecting from technology can arouse such strong feelings. What kind of feelings surface when we disconnect from God? When we let the cares of the world compromise our connection with God do we even realize it? We would feel lost being disconnected from God only if we had been accustomed to a strong connection with God beforehand. If we live prayerfully, read scripture, and strive to grow in our awareness of His presence in this world, then we will notice when we lose access and are facing a difficult adjustment.
Unlike cell service or Internet connections—the strength of which is often situational and beyond our control—access to God isn’t so far out of our reach. We can guard against the busyness of life and the ways of the world that compromise our connection with God. We can stop making excuses for neglect, and we can grow closer to The Ever-Present God.
“From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him—though indeed he is not far from each one of us. For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’” (Acts 17:26-28, NRSV)
To what or whom have you grown accustomed: a life disconnected or unplugged from God (one outside the service area) or a life connected to God, who is readily accessible?