In case you hadn’t heard my whining… The wifi is out at my house.
It’s been out since the night of November 1st. Quite a shock. Hard not to miss its absence since Josh and I were deep in preparations for the American Baptist Youth Convention. There are times when a voluntary “Internet fast” is a useful thing indeed! This was not that kind of time.
This was worse than when we had dial-up! (Which wasn’t as long ago as you might think and was definitely worse than most of you would expect.)
So into town I drove to use publicly accessible wifi… Sometimes multiple times a day… Until we headed off to the Holiday Inn where wifi was in (constant, uninterrupted) abundance.
And then we came home…
…to no wifi.
Still not fixed and no quick answer in sight. So back I went to planning trips to town to get work accomplished. Which is not as easy as it sounds and requires a lot of preplanning.
Last night I said to Josh , “I want to go back to convention, the land of free, unlimited, reliable wifi… And Jesus.”
The Jesus part kind of snuck out of my mouth, I hadn’t seen it coming, but once it did, the correlation made a whole lot of sense.
Convention, like camp, is one of those times when God seems so very present… So close… Worship is powerful… Scripture is alive… Fellowship is strong… Prayer is moving… And ministry abounds…
And often when we come home from such a time, we feel like I do about my wifi… It’s gone and I just want to go back.
The Spirit of God isn’t wifi.
Seems silly to compare them both and yet we often treat Him as if that is the reality.
Wifi is only available in my home when the network and associated equipment is working properly and since something is wrong the result is no internet access for us. The result? Into town I go seeking a new source.
Returning from a thin moment with God we mistake the difference in how “close” we feel with a lack of His presence resulting in a desire to go back or find another source of closeness with Him.
But God is not wifi.
This weekend I was reminded of Matthew 27:50-51 speaking of Jesus crucifixion, “And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split…”
That curtain? Significant beyond belief! It was the curtain that separated the Holy of Holies, the place on earth where God’s presence dwelt, from the rest of the temple, where man had access. That curtain rent, torn in two as Christ was torn for us! This did not symbolize the loss of the Spirit of a God here on earth but that God no longer dwelled in the temple made by man. Instead, through this tearing of Christ and the curtain a way was opened for God to dwell within us!
No longer do we need to travel to the place God’s presence dwells as I have to travel to where wifi exists! Through Christ we are redeemed and God’s presence is here!
While there are times (I call them, “Thin Moments“) when God seems extra close, we are blessed beyond measure that His Spirit is with us always!
That is truth you and I need to claim and live! It is a game-changer! We don’t have to wait until we go to church on Sunday, camp this summer or convention once a year to be close with God!
God’s presence is not a place, it is a person!
How does this truth change the way you think and the way you live? OR Even though God’s presence is always with us, in what ways is God calling you to draw near to Him or remove barriers?
And, I want to be honest here, I hope you’ll answer. It’s nice that you’ve read this post, I wrote it kind of hoping that you would. But I’d also like it to be something more… A chance to really engage these topics, a chance for conversation and a help along the way.