I’m one of those people who thinks that staying connected with others via social media is not a task but a joy. I don’t consider it a hassle to jump from one social media platform to the other. In fact, I look forward to reading and responding to the status updates and tweets of the people I’m connected to digitally (although I must admit I seriously look forward to reading Burgh based tweets; there is nothing like them). Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy being with people live in 3-D, but I also enjoy the digital connections.
Sometimes it’s good to hear/read what people are saying; to hear how things they’ve tweeted or chatted about worked out in the long run. It’s great to touch base with people about the job that finally came through or be able to share words of encouragement when tragedy hits. It’s so awesome to see 30, 40, or 140 comments on the mathematical ratio of adults to days to diapers when someone’s son, daughter, or grandchild is potty trained. Sometimes you get harsh responses to words that were not meant to hurt. But sometimes those Bible based tweets and updates I or others post end up helping more than just the person who posted or tweeted it.
Sometimes I wonder if this whole social media thing is an analogy for the way God sees prayer. While I was on vacation this summer I was in the mountains with very limited wifi and cell access. I truly longed to connect with and hear from people. Although I had a great time with my family I felt disconnected from the social media world. I think prayer is like that. I think when we don’t pray or are too busy to pray, God misses us. Sometimes we say things to him or pray but we really don’t want a response. We just want Him to know what’s going on in our lives. Other times we call out to Him longing for a response that will comfort us or encourage us. There are some who pray so regularly that others look at them like they are crazy (like they look at those of us who tweet or update quite frequently). There are others who only talk to God every now and then, on rare occasions…just to make sure God has not forgotten they are there.
What is amazing to me is that no matter how often we do it, or how little we do it, whether we do it in anger, out of love, or out of sheer desperation for attention, when we do decide to do it…God still hears our prayer.
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