Romans 5:1-2 – Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. (NIV)
On the advice of my Internet provider, I decided to upgrade my modem. I surfed to the manufacturer's web page, downloaded a programme, unzipped it and ran it. Assuming success, I restarted the computer and tried to access the modem. But instead of the faster connection speeds I was promised, my computer could not find the modem at all.
Just like that, I was without fax capability, and had no way to connect to the Internet. I called (long distance) to the manufacturer, and after layers of touch-tone menus and ten minutes on hold, I finally reached their technical support person. He told me I had "fried" my modem, by upgrading it with a programme intended for a different model. He offered to replace it free of charge. To be eligible for this offer, I had to go to their web page, print off the order form, fill it out and fax it to them. My first fax was overlooked, and two weeks later I had to go through the whole process again. When I finally received my new modem, I had trouble installing it and had to seek out (and pay for) local technical support.
Isn't it great to know that communicating with God will never be interrupted by hardware failure? The system is always up and on-line. The Father is ready to download His message directly into our hearts.
As I watch the world become more and more complex, it's a comfort to know the Lord doesn't have any system requirements. All I need is an open heart and a quiet place: He is there, ready to listen and help me link to the kingdom.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for listening and watching over us as we face the challenges of each day. Thank you for the Internet and the ease with which we can communicate with other Christians across time and space. Bless us with patience as we deal with the complex world we have made, and guide our words and deeds to seek first the kingdom. Amen.