Disconnected or redirected

So my hubby decides it would be great to go away for two nights to some warm springs we went to as newly weds… And it’ll be great with the kids.
Well, apparently more than our parental status has changed in just over 8 years.

So the resort is still lovely. The springs still almost uncomfortably warm (around 40C). The vegetation is lush & green etc. etc., but unfortunately the one feature I considered a serious advantage back then has remained unchanged. Our accommodation has NO cellular reception at all! Not even sms! This means no internet either… My hands quiver at the thought. I am not connected!

Last time we were here, my husband was still with his previous employer. He was working late nights & was considered on sand-by if he could be contacted, regardless of the time, day or leave status. This meant that being connected in anyway interrupted our holidays almost every day. Not much of a holiday.

Now he has carefully built systems at his current employer that can run without him while he is on leave. He still checks in occasionally, but is no longer a slave to his cell phone and computer. He seemed to have no trouble leaving everything behind for a few days. (I think this shows skill.)

I however…    

have become rather accustomed to being connected.  I brought my computer with.  After all, there would be lunch stops en route. What if I want to do some writing. And besides, he said to bring a book to read… & I have several ebooks. Even some audio books for if I’m feeling lazy; and there are games and books for the kids too…    And so the excuses continue.  The truth is that some part of me just could not believe that I really would not be connected.  I simply could not fathom it.

My attempt to get an sms out, which resulted in some junk mail and not much more. Highest point…

I still can’t. I’m busy writing a blog that I cannot post within the next few days without leaving my family and searching for a signal, like some desperate poacher in the wild. My husband is swimming in hot mineral water while I agonise about unread emails. Wondering what the stats are on my last post, and itching to check what my favourites have been up to. Pure silliness really when its just for a three days.

The place hasn’t changed, but oh my, how we have 🙂

I have to ask myself, has technology become my idol?

Galaians 5:16-25 (ESV)
16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.
18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,
20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions,
21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.

I resisted temptation, & waited till I got back home to post this. The seeming addiction melted away when faced head on to be scrutinised so I could determine if it was taking too large a place in my life; space reserved for God.
God will provide the strength & courage to face ourselves if we are willing. I feel like this one still needs to be watched though.

Lord, may I become more like You.

Posted upon my husband’s return to work, & my kids return to school. NOT off signal hunting in the bush like a fugitive poacher neglecting her family. There is great might & power we can call upon for help to fight temptation… Ephesians 1:19.

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