Tuesday, May 8, 2018
The First Priority
And God spoke these words: "I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me."
When my husband, Danny, and I reserve a mountain cabin for a much needed holiday, we make the conscious decision to limit our use of technology while there. We don't bring the laptop, nor do we surf our cell phones with regularity. Instead, we talk or read, play backgammon or pool, but most importantly, we spend hours observing and basking in God's glorious creation.
We have come, though, to expect the availability of cell service in the mountains, as over the last ten years or so, towers have sprung up all over. But somehow, in all this "progress," our cabin, "A Walk in the Clouds," is a far cry behind the times.
Shortly after we arrive and settle in, I check my phone for any emails. "No Service" glares spitefully at me from the upper left corner of my screen. No service??? An unexpected and unwelcome tinge of panic starts to rise. I pace the cabin rooms, the decks, the yard, the gravel drive, hoping and praying for just one bar to appear. At long last, it does! But my sigh of relief is short-lived. When I try to call my mother to let her know we've made it safely to our destination, the phone refuses to comply.
Stubbornly, I continue to dial, but to no avail. Maybe the Wi-Fi connection will help. I'll have Danny hook my phone up to it. "No internet," Danny announces when I reenter the cabin. "I tried to log onto it just now, but either it's not working or the signal's too weak."
"That's just great," I grouse, teetering on the verge of whininess. "It was supposed to be a choice not to use the internet; this is a mandate!"
And then, it dawns on me. I'm ticked off because something I think I control now controls me. I realize, to my chagrin, that technology has become more of an idol than ever I thought it would be or could be in my life.
No, it isn't wrong to want to stay connected to loved ones, but God convicts me that my first priority should always be to maintain my connection with Him, the One who first loved me and always will.
Contritely, I lay my idol down. I pray for God's forgiveness. I curl up on the comfy sofa, open my Bible, and immerse myself in His ever-comforting Word.
The only wireless link that never fails.
at May 08, 2018
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