confession of an i.d.
I never knew how much I have come to depend on the internet until it was down for a whole week at work. It seemed not too long ago that I just learned how to send email, and now so much of my work is being done on the internet: from communicating with the volunteers, researching, ordering resources and even taking courses. Easy access to the internet is one of the conveniences I thoroughly enjoy these days especially with gadgets like the iphone, itouch and the ipad. And when the connection is lost I feel extremely frustrated as my routine is disrupted.
Today I read a blog about what happened to this person when he lost his internet connection for a whole day. He describes his experience as if having his oxygen supply cut off. When he tries to get hold of his service provider he gets the run around,and every help option he gets is not the help he needed. I laughed out loud when he compares himself to a raging bull, ready to plow his horns into someone. His frustrations finally turns into anger, and he says he has steam coming out of his ears and he feels totally livid.
I laughed loudly and then I stopped, because I am also laughing at myself. Could it be I am addicted to the internet ? Nah ! Couldn’t be! An i.d. (internet devotee )maybe. Losing internet connections can really agitate people who are so dependent on it. But what about the other kind of connection? The one to the source of life, the Creator, the Great I Am? What happens to people who lost their connection with God? Will they feel the difference in their lives ? And will they get frustrated the same way when they lost the connection with internet? Do they feel powerless and purposeless?
1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:1-5 ( TNIV)