We arise in the morning, jump in the shower, pop a slice of bread in the toaster, turn on the coffee maker, pick up the newspaper outside our front door, boot up the computer to look at the stock market action and check our e-mail or some version of the above.
Some of us then speed off to work. Everything we need is waiting for us: an elevator to take us to the designated floor with just a push of a button, a desk and chair, overhead lights, a fax and phone, a copy machine so we can duplicate whatever work we turn out that day.
On the way home we might stop at the gym, lift weights, ride the stationary bicycle, sweat in the sauna, cool down in the shower. We drop by the supermarket and pluck our favorite foods off the shelves and out of the freezer.
We dash home, grab a pot and pan or pop a prepared dinner into the microwave, then flip on the TV to watch the news or a sitcom. Or maybe we listen to a classical CD and plop down by the fireplace with a satisfying book. Then we’re off to bed. It feels good to settle down on a comfortable mattress with a fluffy quilt to warm us. Just think! An entire day filled with comforts and conveniences that most of us probably take for granted.
But sometimes the very items that make our lives easier can also be our undoing. Instead of inspiring gratitude within us, they stir up irritation. They require assembly and maintenance, training and practice, and eventually repair and replacement.
On the other hand, maybe we become so dependent on these gifts of technology that we lose sight of the Giver. And still others dismiss their value, preferring instead to live “above” the things of the world like my husband’s friend Frank.
But if God is first in our lives—He is first—period. We’ll receive His gifts of technology and use them gratefully. Whether at a keyboard or an ironing board, lifting weights or tilling the soil, we can remain aware of the One who gave us every good thing.
Thank you, Lord, for your loving provision even in the midst of life’s storms.