Just over ten years ago, if you wanted to access the internet, then chances are you would logon to a desktop personal computer or laptop, where you would access a specific website to find the information you were looking for or go to some form of content, maybe even entertainment.
Then on 3rd April 2010 everything changed when the iPad was born (other tablets are available). Coupled with the 1997 invention of the 802.11 Committee, wifi, this revolutionised the way in which we connected with the internet, the world and indeed with each other.
Now we almost regard “wifi” as a human right. We rely on it, we take it for granted and when it fails we mourn and yearn longingly for the time when our connectivity will be restored.
We hear increasingly about “the internet of things”, a term which describes the convergence of multiple technologies. I can now monitor my home security system through my mobile phone, enabling me to know when members of my household walk through the front door, or times when our dog moves around the lounge. Artificial intelligence can even help you to monitor the contents of your fridge!
In a recent conversation with the Rev'd. Bernard Dodd, Bernard told me that every week he had been going to an IT class, to learn how to use a computer to access the internet. He had already used a mobile phone and a computer tablet, but felt that the time had come when he needed to know just how to use a computer.
During the conversation Bernard said, “Isn’t it amazing how God provided technology right from the beginning of time, humankind just had to discover it and learn how to use it.”
We hear a lot about how Coronavirus has changed the way we live, the regard we have for our neighbours and human life, particularly those who serve us and the way we connect with each other. We have very quickly used the resources at our disposal to discover Zoom church meetings, online Sunday worship, weekday online worship, Easter reflections and daily devotions in a new and exciting way that would have been impossible just ten years ago.
Above all this, my conversation with Bernard reminds us that it is God who provides, we just need to listen to him, learn more about him and discover his will for each of us, today, in our own lives.
In his first letter to Timothy, the Apostle Paul says, “Charge those who are rich in this present world that they not be arrogant, nor have their hopes set on the uncertainty of riches, but on the living God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy; that they do good, that they be rich in good works, that they be ready to distribute, willing to share; laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold of eternal life”. (1 Timothy 6 verses 17-20, WEB)
The hymn “God of Concrete, God of Steel” reminds us of God’s creating and sustaining power:
The reflections here are written by members of our congregation.