Forever & ever connected.

Here’s the sad truth:

I still have a keyboard-less flip phone. When I text, I have to hit the numbers multiple times to get the letter I want. It’s almost as bad as having one of these vintage, spinner-dial, thinger-ma-jingers:

Did I mention I’m 22?

I realize most parents grandparents have touchscreen smartphones these days.

I was ready for an upgrade my junior year of college. That was over two years ago. It’s not because I’m old-fashioned and afraid of change. Far from it, actually.

It’s because I’m simply not all that amazed (and, partially, because I’m a cheapskate). I talk quickly and type slowly to friends and family. I feel safer when I’m driving in North Dakota blizzards or walking alone in dark parking lots. I whip out my calculator tool to avoid doing basic math at work or to figure out my restaurant tip. Sometimes I even set my alarm clock.

Pretty basic stuff. No fancy apps that match paint tints to colors found in nature, scan barcodes and tell you if lower prices exist elsewhere, provide discounts on your favorite boyfriend jeans.

{Of course, it does all sound a bit magical. And totally worth the extra $50 per month per data plan…maybe.}

We’ve become creatures who crave constant connection. We check Facebook in class. We tweet at the dinner table. We blog at 3 a.m. (guilty).

Having the world at our fingertips feels essential to our survival. It’s not a luxury; it’s expected, and we take it for granted.

Another thing we take for granted: prayer.

It’s a luxury that we can talk to God anytime, day or night. It can be a quick 140-character thought or a lengthy request that links to multiple other ideas. As long as it’s genuine, it doesn’t matter.

That connection is available right at our fingertips, too. The signal is never faulty. Although we may be tempted to ask, “Can you hear me now?” we can have confidence in knowing that he always hears us. There are more apps than we could ever imagine. Apps that sometimes make miracles happen, like when our pleas are answered and cancer leaves a loved one, doors open for the unemployed, walls crumble around our hearts.

These apps aren’t free. They came with a hefty price, a plan that Jesus already prepaid in full on the cross.

Showing off new technology may be fun, but prayer should never be something to make a production of.

“But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.” {Matthew 6:6}

In a world where we feel naked without our cell phones, always remember the other, deeper connection that’s constantly at our fingertips.

Next time I’m driving in a North Dakota blizzard or walking alone in a dark parking lot, I’ll feel safer knowing I’m always connected – to more than this world.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Roxane B. Salonen says:

    Angie, beautiful post, truly. I LOVE IT! Great visuals, deep meaning, awesome food for thought. Have a super weekend!

    1. Thanks for your positive feedback, Roxane! Have a fabulous weekend.

      1. Angie,
        I’ve been tuned in to your great blog for some time now but this post sparked me to comment. I love how you positioned our connection to dear Jesus. I remember when I realized prayer didn’t need to be a get-down-on-your-knees and pray most of the rosary, but a quick yet SINCERE uttered thankfulness and plea for a bit of patience or guidance. Lately, I do a lot of my praying from the driver’s seat of our vehicle: I appreciate your perspective that it’s time well spent. I totally agree and would rather “dial up” than any other number in my moments of need and pure gratitude. Thanks for another great post!

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