Technology Upchuck!

And so today I throw my hands up in the air and cry out “why O Lord?” Maybe I should begin at the beginning. Yesterday was not a good technology day in our household. I have a four year old Dell laptop that has been a great computer! Notice I said “has been” because yesterday my hard drive crashed and I think even burned. This morning, to add to my household misery, my wife’s work laptop has a disc read error. Luckily we purchased her’s last October so it should still be under warranty (said with fingers crossed). Now I know what you are thinking…what about all of that data and files. We subscribe to Mozy which is an on-line backup system BUT today I can’t remember the password for our account and can’t find the sticky note that I wrote it down on. (Stop snickering) So here we are – luckily my iPad is still working and so is my android phone. But “why O Lord?” did cross my lips.

I find it amazing that we place so much faith and trust in our technical devices. We put memories on them, we carry our favorite songs, important data and the story of our lives. We use them to surf our favorite shopping sites, to keep up on the news, and to post our thoughts on the transparent social media sphere. Until they malfunction. And then it is as if our world has come to a screeching halt; there is a sense of aimlessness or loss of direction. We don’t know what to do or where to go next and it can become paralyzing – all because of a technical device built to enhance your life.

If we can put that must faith and stock in a device that we know will some day disappoint us, fail us because that is the nature of such a thing, why is it that we can’t put our full faith and trust in God who will never disappoint or fail us? Is it because God does not have a key board and a screen so we can interact? Is it because God does not have an on and off button? Is it because we can walk away from our technology but we can’t walk away from God? Or is it because we can walk away from God but not our technology? I’m curious about your thoughts and stories; not only about your technology disasters, but also about your thoughts concerning God.

Why is it easier to believe in a laptop, a cellphone or an iPad but so difficult to believe in God who created all things?

Thanks for reading and commenting. And blessings for the journey.

About Jim Hoffman

Pastor, teacher, leader, novice blogger, wanna be author and Christian conversationalist. Passionate about environmental architecture - creating spaces where people can foster new or growing relationships with each other and God. Currently leads a faith community on Ward Parkway in Kansas City and happily married to Margaret. Blessed with four adult children and two grandsons.
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