Good Morning September 17

There is an article in the latest TIME magazine on the age of wearable technology, the internet on your wrist or in your glasses. The authors observe that “The reality of living with an iPhone, or any smart, connected mobile device, is that it makes reality feel just that little bit less real. One gets overconnected, to the point where one is apt to pay attention to the thoughts and opinions of distant anonymous strangers over those of loved ones who are in the same room. One forgets how to be alone and undistracted.” What ever happened to “Be still, and know that I am God;…”(Psalm 46:10) or “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength…”(Isaiah 30:15)? When our kids were growing up I didn’t even want them to have a Walkman, those small cassette tape players with head phone. I said that it shut them out from us, and what was happening around them. Now, I’m not anti-electronics. I’m obviously using it, but we must not lose the ability to be alone, to be quiet, to be at rest, to meditate, and to think. For if we do, we also lose our ability to draw near to our Lord and find our strength in Him.