You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. Psalm 145:16
We have this really awesome subscription to Netflix on the internet. It doesn’t cost that much, and it streams tv shows and movies from the internet through our Wii pretty much seamlessly. It’s very easy to use and gives you access to a very large selection of tv shows and movies. You could play it 24 hours a day if you wanted to. There is nothing to stop you, unless you happen to reach the end of their selection, which would probably be impossible!
I find myself drawn to the Discovery Channel reality shows such as those about chasing tornadoes and surviving in the wilderness (which was one of the things that led me to want to hike the Appalachian Trail this summer with my Dad). My latest interest is Swamp Loggers. lol Who would have thought that I would find an interest in this subject! The rest of my family just kind of looks at me funny, like why do you like that stuff?? I just think it is so interesting the giant, powerful machinery they use to cut down these huge trees, in a swamp no less! What used to take much, much longer with an axe or a chainsaw can be done with a feller-buncher in seconds. It has a giant blade that is attached to a huge arm, turns sideways, and cuts straight through the bottom of a giant tree, grabs hold of the tree, and gently pushes it the direction it wants it to fall. It does all this in seconds! Then they have giant machinery to drag the logs out of the swamp with wheels the size of my car and other machines to pinch together several logs at once and lift them into the trucks to be hauled to the mill.
But besides being amazed by the big machinery, they also let you get to know the people who work for this small logging company and be involved in their struggles and successes. The owner of the family run company even talks about his faith in pretty much every episode. He will mention how, even when everything seems to be going wrong, he is trusting God to make it work out. He will talk about how he prays for a hurting employee or how his wife of 25 years is a good compliment to him and that he is thankful for all that God has given him. So you become attached to these people and interested in their lives. It’s almost like you know them. Of course I’m sure you can’t really know someone through a reality show, and they certainly don’t know me!
So Netflix is awesome and you can really watch some interesting stuff on it. However, I tend to want to watch it all day! After all, who will stop me…exept that nagging little voice of the Holy Spirit, whispering that maybe this isn’t the best use of my time. I mean, one or two is ok, but not continuously. I notice that when I keep the tv on, I have this connection with the tv. I am probably not watching it exclusively, but doing other things at the same time. But I am listening to it and I realize I am connected to the tv show. My constant background thought is on the show and what is going on with the characters and what is going to happen next. What my thoughts aren’t on is God, or at least not very much. It’s hard to keep my mind focused on God and carrying on a running conversation with Him throughout the day when instead I am streaming tv into my brain instead. There is no more room for Him. And then at the end of the day, I wonder why I feel distanced from Him.
What I want to be connected to is God not the tv. TV is ok once in a while, for a little bit. But it should not be my main source of spiritual sustenance. Instead I should be waiting and seeking the more subtle connection with God to sustain and satisfy me. After all that is real, substantial food, where as tv is just a junk food snack, not suitable for real nourishment and growth. And in fact, it can make me fat and weak (spiritually, that is) just like junk food.
So God, please help me to give up my dependence on tv. Help me to look to you as my main source of satisfaction. Help me to make my constant connection to you, the Source of Life, and not the tv. It is super hard because the tv is so enticing and easy. But help me to choose you instead. Help to me connect myself to You. I love you dearly. In Jesus Name, amen.
The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Isaiah 58:11
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