A Catholic Convert in Ottawa

Always Connected

Posted on: October 2, 2014

As a slow adopter of technology, I just upgraded from a basic phone to a smartphone about two weeks ago.

I’m not used to all the features yet, although I’m getting more used to texting. True, I type with one index finger instead of my thumbs, and I don’t use text lingo, but I’ve come to appreciate the beauty of a short-and-sweet message for communicating with my husband and my son. And since I find the keypad small, I like predictive text input, although autocorrect could easily get a person into trouble.

But I can’t get used to the always-connected aspect. I used to shut off my cell phone when I was at home, but now my family expects me to have it on to receive texts. And sometimes I just want to disconnect.

Thank goodness God isn’t like that. Instead, he tells us this through 1 John 5:14-15*:

And this is the confidence which we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have obtained the requests made of him.

Think of the scenes in Bruce Almighty where the character of Bruce, who believed he could do a better job of being God than the Lord himself, tried to answer prayers using an e-mail system. The messages piled up when he ignored them, and chaos ensued when he tried to clear the backlog by simply saying “yes” to all requests.

Thankfully our connection to God is always open. Early in the morning, in the course of our day, and late at night, he is there to hear us pour out our sorrows and our concerns—and also our thanks and praise for who he is and what he has done for us.

Whatever our situation, I pray we would remember and be grateful that God will always be with us and hear our prayers–and answer them according to his plan.

Have you not known? Have you not heard?

The LORD is the everlasting God,

the Creator of the ends of the earth.

He does not faint or grow weary,

his understanding is unsearchable.

~Isaiah 40:28

(*Scripture quotes taken from the Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version, Second Catholic Edition.)

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Food for Thought

(Y)ou do not know about tomorrow. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and we shall do this or that.” ~ James 4:14-15

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