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Now, I’m not a troglodyte by any stretch of the technological imagination, but let me put this message into the context of my last week.
Elaine and I hiked and explored Glacier National Park. We saw bears, moose, coyotes, marmots, elk, mountain goats, enormous mountains glistening with glaciers and snow, and lakes, streams and falls beyond imagination. It was profoundly spiritual as we walked through 1.2 billion year-old rock and watched 20,000 year-old glaciers melt due to man-made global warming. (They’ll all be gone by 2020…best go now to see the remaining 25 of the original 150.)
Best of all there was NO SERVICE! Not a bar! No one said to me…
“Did you get my email?”, or “I sent you a text!”, or “Check your voicemail”, or “Are you on Pintrist, Facebook, Linked In, Bloggers R Us etc”.
We were off the grid and I loved it. Getting off the grid helped me hear God’s voice in Job 38:“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me if you have understanding….on what were it’s bases sunk, or who laid it’s cornerstone when the morning stars sang together.”
At Glacier I experienced the power of “awe”. Through Apple I experienced “confusion”. (Click on the link for my video on “The Power of Awe.”)
I am more and more convinced that today’s “confusion” can block God’s “awe”. Today’s 24 hour technological noise, while helpful in many ways, needs to be bounded by a larger voice and message…the mystery of God the creator of all things. Without this context and boundary we watch ancient glaciers melt with a yawn rather than with tears.
Now, I’m not advocating we all become Amish. I am encouraging readers, however, to ask the question…is my “confusion” tempered and informed by “awe”? So, you think I’m a troglodyte?