While we were on holiday a few years ago, my children watched a film on a video tape and when it had finished they asked to watch it again and so I pressed rewind.
After a few seconds they reminded me that they wanted to watch it again and could I start it from the beginning.
It took around 30 seconds of conversation before I realized that my children didn’t understand that the tape had to rewind before it could be played again.
We are living in an ‘instant; generation. We watch DVD’s not video tapes and nowadays we even watch films online instantly jumping to any bit that we choose.
We are also living in a pick and mix generation. We can listen to music on mp3 players, just choosing the tracks that we would like rather than listening to whole albums.
Is it any wonder that we are becoming more impatient and self-centered as a society?
Modern life can feel so full and rushed yet the Bible encourages us to slow down. We are to be still before God (Psalm 46.10), our soul should find rest in God (Psalm 62.1) and this is so important to God that sometimes God will even make us rest (Psalm 23.2).
Will we listen to God?
In the middle of all the stress and busyness, will we learn to stop and to give ourselves space and rest? Will we give our creator the space to speak with us?
Are we willing to be still and to allow God to reveal himself to us rather than just pick and mixing the bits of him and Christianity that we like?
God wants us to grow in our faith and one of the things that we often lose sight of is that growth takes time.
In contrast, when we pray to God for change we usually want it now!
We want instant fixes but God wants quality growth and that often takes more time than we would like.
I thank God for the convenience of modern technology but I want God, rather than the technology to be the shaping force in my life.