This morning I was summoned to my computer by a persistent ring. I smiled with delight as I read the small notice on my monitor. My daughter was online. She lives on the other side of the world, and we only get together physically every couple of years. I live in South Africa, but her computer and my computer were now linked. I only had to respond. For the next half hour, we chatted together, laughed at each other’s comments, and enjoyed each other’s company despite the many miles that separate us. Time flew past all too quickly.
In ways I cannot begin to understand, as soon as I clicked on the small green receiver on my monitor in South Africa, my daughter in Kazakhstan, Eurasia, could hear my voice and me hers. Neither of us have any clue how it works. We don’t need to. We just need to both be online at the same time.
If we want to, we can click on “video” and we’ll also be able to see each other. She’s an artist, and she can hold up a picture to show me. I’m a writer, so I can click on “share” and send her something I’ve written and she gets it immediately. What an amazing feature. What a difference it makes for us.
I liken prayer to online communication. God is on one end of the communication, and I am on the other. Sometimes I fail to connect, and the messages cease to flow. But God never switches off. He is always online, waiting for me to return. I can send him my problems, and receive his suggestions. Amazing!
I have no idea how prayer works, but I don’t need to. I only need to establish a connection.