My husband and I developed a habit since retiring. We like to take one afternoon to drive into the country and enjoy the view. Our dog also precisely when it’s time for the adventure to begin, since he comes along.
Last week, we were searching for a specific destination, so I got out my phone and referred to my map app to guide us. I always seem to have difficulty getting into the right spot in the app and voiced my displeasure by saying, “It’s so hard to navigate this site.” I returned the device to my purse and suddenly heard a voice reply, I’m sorry. Things like this happen all the time.”
Both of us chuckled as we realized my phone was having compassion for me. Now with all the other electronic devices available to us, we could easily develop a friendship with each one of them. We’re already on a first name basis with Alexa and Siri, right. However who knows what might happen if either of them malfunctioned.
The Creator of the universe is available to us every minute of time, but have we grown to expect an instant answer from God? We don’t have to plug anything in to recharge it. We can be involved in a conversation immediately with God. All we need to do is begin the talk.
Things do happen to us all the time. We may find ourselves frustrated with our work place – within our relationships – in our worship – regarding our health or financial status. God never promised that our walk on this earth would be easy. In fact, He tells us in His Holy Word, that there will be trials, disappointments, loss, fear, anxiety and all the other negatives that face us as human beings. We are not exempt just because we follow Christ. In fact we may experience more of those things because of it.
God can console us in times of trouble. An electronic device can distract us for a while, but the problem remains when the power runs out. He never runs out of power, but we do. We need to get recharged through His Word, the Bible. Within those pages we will discover comfort, compassion, hope, freedom and promises that have been kept. God won’t physically speak to us, like that little device does, but His voice is evident throughout the Bible.
The bumps in the road and the hiccups of life will be with us until we die. While we live, God promises a way for us to overcome those interruptions. When we die, we’re assured of a life as it was intended to be. Because of His great love, we will never die.
We can truly take on an attitude of positivity even when our path is difficult. Things happen, but God is in control. Have faith.