The Glory of it All

Before the creation of man, God knew he would love a playground.

So He built one for him.

The Inspiration

Tim Steven‘s posted a great blog post this morning about the benefits of social networking sites like facebook and twitter that got my gears turning.  While I understand, and even somewhat agree on a few of his points, I think we might be missing out on another issue in regards to this, “connection”.

The Explanation

In short, I love the internet.  Social networking sites like facebook, “tweeting”, and even get me fired up.  I love that I can create and maintain a blog, watch television, and even get all the Chicago Cubs games in Saint Louis Cardinal country.  Even more, how awesome is it that all these now can be accessed on the same device?

Technology truly is a wonderful thing.

However, anything in excess overloads its potential.

My Macbook, ipod touch, and twitter account are all good things.  Good things that constantly need to be kept in check.  If I fail to prioritize, I miss out on something bigger.  Something that all areas of technology can’t even come close to with a mouse click or wifi connection.

That’s the playground.

The Application

The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun.Psalm 19:1-4

As most of you know I spent a week up in Canada fishing with my father.  No cell phones, no facebook, and no ipod.  Even worse, no power.  I thought my life was ending as I went up to the great white north empty handed.  Then I realized how beautiful the playground was.

I fell in love with the playground.

If I want to truly connect with God and keep my life on track, I must remember the importance of shutting down the hard drives from time to time in order reconnect with the presence of God through His creation.  A time of technology removal is necessary because it helps us further hear from our creator.  God frequently knocks at hearts through the absence of back light screens.  He is constantly found in silence and solitude.  God repeatedly calls us to come to Him throughout His creation.

After all, He made it for us.  We see His fingerprints in it constantly.

The Challenge

I challenge you to do something today in God’s glorious creation.  Go play in the sandbox.  Close the lid of the laptop for a second, an hour, a day, or even a whole week.  Go take a walk with your wife.  Play with your children.  Spend time in a face-to-face conversation with someone older than you, with someone younger.  Spend physical time with someone where you say nothing at all.

See God in the glorious creation He created for you.

Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future. Get off the computer and go outside. Be free.” – Josh Scogin



1 Response to “The Glory of it All”

  1. 1 Ron August 4, 2009 at 12:00 am

    uh, should read . . . “fishing with my father and my favorite cousin.”

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