The prompt for this week is…
According to my Facebook profile I currently have 460 friends. I never dreamed that I would be so popular. Being a little on the shy side, making friends was never an easy thing for me growing up. But now, thanks to Facebook, making a friend is as simple as clicking a button. And no longer do I have to go through the awkward phase of sitting down and actually getting to know someone. I can scan their profile and in minutes know practically everything about them, from important life events to trivial details like what they had for lunch yesterday. A quick scan of my newsfeed lets me know what all my “friends” are thinking, feeling, doing, eating, reading, listening to and where they are and who they’re with. I can know all that on a daily basis without a single conversation with any of them. Scary, isn’t it?
Which brings me to something I enjoyed in my Bible and ministry reading this morning. I read the verses in Genesis 18 about God’s visit to Abraham. God came to visit Abraham in human form and Abraham prepared a meal for Him. During this time, God told Abraham that his wife Sarah would have a son. Then as God rose up to leave, Abraham walked with Him and during their walk, God was not able to hide from Abraham something else that was on His heart – that He was about to judge Sodom. This account is the story of two friends, eating together, conversing together, walking together. God was able to share all that was in His heart with Abraham because Abraham spent the time to be with Him.
What about me? Am I this kind of friend to the Lord or do I treat Him like a Facebook friend? So many times when I come to the Bible, I read it like I would my newsfeed. I scan it for interesting facts and close it without having a single conversation with the person embodied in those words. I can relate to others the facts, even intimate details, about the Lord I love, but it might not be out of any direct personal fellowship I’ve actually had with Him. I don’t think God needs any more Facebook friends; He needs real friends who will spend the time to be with Him and to even linger in His presence. So my resolution for today is to spend less time on Facebook and more time in the faith book. Hope you will all join me!