Monday, June 20, 2016

G-O-O-G-L-E isn't...

For those of you who aren't familiar with it...Google isn't the name of one of God's girls. Truth told!

Sometimes we use Google to answer any variety of questions to issues which may pop up in our lives. From certain physical symptoms we may be having, or suggestions on how to fix a broken blender, to obtaining a recipe for a certain type of pickle or dessert we tasted at the restaurant yesterday, we can simply plug the query into the search engine and are on our way to finding out the answers. Pronto! Question resolved! I wonder how often God longs for us to experience "more", not because we've typed something inappropriate into that empty search box, but simply because He's intended for it to work so much differently.

You see, God intended from the very beginning of time for people's lives to be abundantly rich with relationships. While everyone might not have this issue, I've found I (being an introvert) can fall into this trap occasionally. We must be careful not to allow Google to become our "go-to" and zap us of the healthy relationships God intended for us to have. We need each other! Pick up the phone. Write the note. Text if you must! The bond that is forged and strengthened by opening up and asking for someone's help, opinion or insight, instead of relying on Google, is an a blessing and gift from our Father above. We shouldn't be quick to allow an imposter to fill this gap. We all experience and come through situations in our lives which, in turn, allow us to be a help to someone else somewhere down the road of life. (See II Corinthians 1:4)

Google may be able to give you certain answers, but it can never provide the necessary components we are made to crave through a godly friendship. A true friend can love, care, support, pray and provide answers on a level that a search engine never can. All the knowledge in the world can't begin to hold a candle to the firm, faithful grasp of a friend's hand during our times of weakness. Even if we're embarrassed or find it difficult to talk about some things, when we think we might sound "childish" if we don't know the answer to that certain issue in our lives...opening up to a friend will be far more beneficial than relying on Google. I know, it sounds silly, but I believe it might happen more often than we think. I'm just encouraging us to beware!

God's girls are those ladies in our lives who help us to break out of the safety of the search box. Those with whom we are safe to open our hearts to. Those precious ones who can offer a shoulder or tissue, remind us of the truth, and point us back to Christ along the way. Although they might not have all the right answers, they're more than willing to offer us grace and share their stories and experiences. And those are the important substances real relationships are made of...and something Google can never replace. 

G-O-O-G-L-E isn't...

Just a side note -  
I've focused on Google to make it a bit comical.
There is a time and a place for it though...use wisdom.