“But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love, we wait in hope for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.” (Psalm 33:18,20)
Recently I was going away for a week’s holiday and so I told a few people that I’m usually in contact that I would be off-line for a week. While I might have been able to take something with me to use to keep in touch, it seemed like a good time to have a break from everything electronic as well.
As I thought of being off-line and not able to know just what was happening in the lives of people I care about, it occurred to me that we can choose to have a time off-line, but God is never off-line to us.
Technology is moving at a fast rate and I know I’m not keeping up with the developments. The time that people may have previously used to rest or relax, away from phones, work and other ways of keeping in touch, has often disappeared from our lives altogether. Whether we are keeping up with technology or not–God is so far ahead of us and He always will be.
I just wanted to remember these few things that came to mind:
• God is never off-line to us–He is always available;
• God can’t “unfriend us”–He just loves us anyway and loves us always;
• God can’t refuse to take our calls, or answer our texts, or emails–we don’t even need any of those things, because we have prayer.
God is only ever a prayer away. That might be the oldest form of communication. And God knows–He’s always watching us.
Life with chronic illness can be a lonely journey at times. What a comfort to know that even when friends or family may seem distant, or uncaring, God will always care and He is always there for us. As the above verses from Psalm 33 remind us, God has His eyes on us and He is our help and shield. He gives us hope.
Prayer: Father, thank You that You are never more than a prayer away. May we be comforted by the knowledge that You will never be off-line to us, whether we keep up with technology or not. Amen.
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful that God walks each step of her life with her, and that He is teaching her new things as she learns to live with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to share those things with others. You can contact her in the Sunroom, or read more of her writing on her blog there.
A dear friend asking for prayer recently, reminded me that we need only place our hands on our computer screens and hand it all over to God. What other ways can you think of where God is above and beyond technology?
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