Three days without the internet and I’m going crazy!! What is wrong with me? Six months ago I could have cared less but then this wild idea came to me…BLOG! I call it wild because I would’ve never come up with it on my own. I hate computers! Everyone in my family is connected to people around the world through this invasive technology. For years I’ve been laughing at their ‘friendships’ refusing to believe they could actually have a relationship with someone they’ve never met in person. I couldn’t fathom the idea that they actually ‘knew’ anyone they had not met face to face. It was inconceivable to me…
Enter…technical difficulties and I am disconnected from my new circle of friends!! I must return to books, tv, crocheting, gardening, and napping. OK, I haven’t quit all other activities, but nearly. Blogging is a whole new world with exciting possibilities and interesting conversations. I can click onto someone’s blog and get a glimpse into the life they want to share. It could be make believe, I’m not totally naive, but more often than not, in the comboxes it becomes obvious if the blogger truly believes what is claimed. And I find that fascinating.
I love people and ideas. I become frustrated sitting with my own thoughts and if others don’t want to get into a stimulating conversation, then I feel stifled within myself. I devour books but have the inablity to retain what I’ve learned for long. It’s back there in the recesses and somehow through conversation the bits of information come forward, but alone? I can become lost in my own thoughts. I need people.
No man can be an island unto himself. We were created for fellowship, and this is where my rant turns toward my mission…consider Jesus. We were created to abide, to have relationship, to experience life together. We were not created to be alone but to be connected. Some have lots of connection through work, school, play, church, neighbors, home…others are more isolated. I was one of the others (NOT “the others” as in my favorite tv show).
I can be one of the isolated due to physical limitations. Over the years, as my illness has progressed, I’ve had a more solitary existence. Not totally isolated for I have lots of family and friends, but my ability to leave the house has been hampered, so if people don’t come to me, I can spend many days by myself. But, am I truly disconnected?
No, I am not — I am completely connected to my best friend, Jesus. He promised He would never leave me nor forsake me. I have been given the Spirit of truth and can be in complete communion with the Father and the Son. I’m connected.
If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is, the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also. In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you…If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. ~John 14:18-23
Do you have the Friend who will never leave you? Are you truly connected?