Fruit has taken on a whole new persona in the technological world. While many think in terms of electronic gadgets, I’m still stuck in Farmer’s Market mode when it comes to apples and blackberries and bites blended together in the fall celebration of harvest.
Recently, my grown sons reminded me, “Sometimes, you’re so old-fashioned you could have been the first human life on earth three million years ago!” To keep my relationship intact with them, I had to ditch dial-up internet and get up to speed. I had to upgrade. I began to rethink my definition of fruit.
Today, I find myself and others emerged in Apples, Blackberrys, Dells (definitely not the “Farmer in the Dell” type) and ever present pods (i Pods) that have nothing to do with pole beans or peas.
Some skillful users of technology are able to chew gum, talk on the phone, and navigate down the highway with a G.P.S. (Global Positioning System) guiding them with a robotic voice, “Turn left at the next exit…Missed it. Redirecting. Go point five miles and turn right at exit one ninety six. Then turn left at…”
Competing for road space on the rural roads are determined runners, in-line skaters, bicyclists, and horseback riders. Truly these extreme sport enthusiasts are taking their lives and cardio workouts into their own hands thanks to multi-tasking drivers outfitted with Bluetooth headsets, iPods, or phones.
Once, I received techie advice from a friend, “I give myself two weeks to master a new piece of technology. You need to do that, too!”
God didn’t give me that much time. Monday, my computer flipped on its back, waving its hard drive components in a death rattle. I had to order a new computer. Wednesday, I was chosen as a regional speaker with traveling orders to unknown places. No longer could I figure in wiggle time for getting lost in every area populated with more than twenty residents. That includes the dogs and skunks under the porch. Out with driving by landmarks and printed internet directions! In with a G.P.S.! Saturday for a keynote speech, I turned on a digital recorder I hadn’t used much. When I pushed the “start” button to record, the machine started playing back another speech for my audience of sixty-five women!
All of the technology has great capacity for making difficult tasks faster, more organized and more easily accessed. But to me, it sometimes falls into the same category as assembling a backyard gym set without tools or instructions.
Compared to technology, God’s message is simple and quiet. It’s an uncomplicated gift.
He loves you. Here’s the proof: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” [John 3:16 NIV.]
While you’re struggling with the fruits of technology, remember God’s simple assessment of you. You’re a top banana and the apple of his eye!
[Jo Russell is a Christian teacher, speaker, author of many articles, contributor to several anthologies, and Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women, available from this website, www.button-to-god.com. For more chuckles and to hear a speech, enjoy excerpts of her book and tips, check her entire website options and weekly blog on www.button-to-god.com.]