Am I An App of My Telephone?

They only cared about pleasing themselves in that desert,
    provoked God with their insistent demands.
He gave them exactly what they asked for—
    but along with it they got an empty heart.
Psalm 106 (MSG)

Technology is a gift. I’m thankful for it. Yet, I can easily become distracted by it. Going without it would be like farming with yesteryear’s machinery. Very slow. Maybe slowing down would be a good idea.

Today’s poems reflect the struggle I have to stay in control of the very precious gift of time. The questions I’m asking are first of all for myself. I hope they cause you, also, to think about your use of technology.


When God’s people, in the past,
Pleaded for unworthy goals
God gave them their desires
But sent famine to their souls.
 
We must be careful what we ask for
When we pray to Our Father;
If we’re set on having own way,
It’s better not to bother.
 
I felt unhappy with my phone
So I purchased an upgrade
As I waited for it to download,
My happiness began to fade.
 
That night I could not sleep.
I lay wide-eyed in my bed.
That new phone had injected
Too much data in my head.
 
I wonder if that upgrade
Was truly a wise choice;
With that phone as my companion,
Will I hear the Spirit’s voice?
 
With it help me access God?
Can I Zoom into his presence?
Will he appear on YouTube?
Will I miss him if he’s absent?
 
8/13/2020
Jane Ault

Finding balance in this technological world
What should I keep?
What should I discard?
 
Finding balance in this technological world
I’m easily distracted.
I get caught off guard.
 
Finding balance in this technological world
What will cause me to lose?
What will bring a reward?  
 
Finding balance in this technological world
What should be kept private?
What should be shared?
 
Finding balance in this technological world
God, I need wisdom.
This really is hard.
 
Finding balance with my computer,
My IPAD,
My phone,
 
Finding balance in this technological world
God, please help me.
I can’t do it alone
 
8/13/20
Jane Ault

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