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Disconnected

I recently moved and I’ve had to make a lot of phone calls to get some things organized. I noticed that while I was getting everything in order, that I hesitated to make the telephone calls. I looked to see if I could contact people online instead of making the actually physical phone calls. When I had to initiate my internet, I decided to active online. When I had difficulties, I even chatted with a representative because I felt it would be quicker and not eat up my cell phone minutes. At the same time, I really did not want to be on the telephone.

I didn’t find anything to be a problem until I noted that I had some things left to do, and everything on the list was what needed actual telephone calls. I had avoided making the calls. I was disconnected. This was something we spoke about in my media ministry course last semester. Our society has gotten so accustomed to communicating online and with technology that there is this great lack of people being connected with people. We even send a text message or chat on Facebook with people who are in the same room.

I am not against technology. I love technology. However, I think that we need to make sure that we do not spend so much time with technology that we try so hard to not connect with people in person and on the telephone. Sometimes people need to know that a real person cares about them, that another actual human being was thinking about them enough to take the time to call or to stop by for a visit.

I see a lot of images on Facebook depicting a cell phone screen shot showing God calling or sending a text message. The image is accompanied with the question on whether a person would answer and respond or not. I like that image because it makes a statement about society– that we are very much into technology– but that God meets us where we are at in life. At the same time, I believe He also would stop by and visit. He would sit with you and spend the afternoon together. He would call and send a text message. God wants to be connected to you. In John 15, Jesus speaks about the need for the disciples to stay connected to the vine. If the branches are unattached, they will not bear fruit.

Today you might be busy, overwhelmed with a list of things to do that surely will take you most of the day. You may not think you have the time to visit or call anyone. Perhaps you are tired and simply don’t feel like taking the initiative. I challenge you to make some time, visit or call someone you haven’t talked to in awhile, and simply enjoy their company. You may need the call more than they do. Also, spend time with God. Remember the branch cannot do much when unattached to the vine. He’s always available!

“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.”
– Romans 12:9-10 [NLT]

“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”
– John 15:5 [NASB]

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The Leaf

The leaf hung on the tree
So many together
All so different
But all so green

It was in a moment
So easy to pass by
As quick as a flash
Missed by their eyes

The bird broke the leaf’s stem
Just enough to sever it
Slowly the leaf died
Still overlooked

The wind blew, it spun ‘round
Until it hit the ground
Met no soft landing
Just left alone

At this point it was dead
Or so one would believe
But God had a plan
He was not done

This half-dead, broken leaf
It had a special job
One filled with honor
One filled with grace

God sent a special one
To swoop down, to pick up
To bring the leaf back
Simply to care

We cannot plan it all
We don’t know when we’ll fall
We can only trust
Only trust God

As the leaf sat up high
Used for a special nest
The leaf spent it’s days
Serving, caring

The leaf was good enough
Others could not see it
God gave someone eyes
The bird reached out

This bird, very diff’rent
Not one to sever things
One to share God’s love
A special touch

And so the leaf remains
Greatly serving the nest
Helping the new life
Caring, serving

God’s plans are never known
Trust in Him, Him alone
And peace be with you
Till we get home.

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” – Matthew 10:29-31 [NIV]