The electronic world will be on hold, inaccessible. Silent. I expect to be bombarded by my senses, instead of alerts and beeps. Taking in what I assume will fill my eyes, ears, my hands, and soul with the overwhelming. To experience without distraction.
We started basketball two weeks ago with one of our boys. Twice a week, I come in for the hour long practice and sit. I tuck my phone into my purse and enjoy watching these little boys play and learn. So far, not one single mother has looked up from her phone when we come in. No engagement while their son dashes up and down the court. I feel like an alien cheering the boys on because no one else does.
We are so connected in this world that we have lost real connection. Where face-to-face interaction seems to matter less than that of the electronic device screaming in our pockets for attention. These fancy phones have become the naughty child who interrupts every chance he gets because he hasn’t been taught proper manners and patience.
Imagine going to a third world country and having to leave behind all of your connections, except those who are physically present. Where you have to look into the eyes of the person you speak with. To touch the face of the one who asks for prayer or comfort. Does the thought make your heart beat faster?
Yes, I will be without connection to my family. I leave behind my husband and three of our children and for six days, I truly entrust them to my heavenly father – which in reality I need to be doing everyday. To know my husband and friends will deal with anything that comes along. To lay it all down and simply trust.
Why is it so difficult for our society to do that now? Phones are ever present. Go out to dinner at a restaurant and count how many answer their phones or text. Because the screaming phone takes presidence over the human being within their reach.
Could you put your phone down and turn it off for a day? When you attend a lunch or dinner with a friend? At your child’s next practice? Do you think this is a problem in our society?
Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2
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