Offline Mode

It’s Week 4 of “social distancing” mandated by COVID-19. During uncertain times (a bit of an understatement for our current situation), it’s easy to worry about the future.

In our connected world, our computers, phones, and many other devices have Internet connections. A lot of them have an “offline mode” to be used when we’re on an airplane or no connection is available. Offline mode isn’t as good as being connected.

A few days ago, during a moment of worry – I said a quick prayer and was struck by how quickly my outlook changed. It occurred to me that my default setting with God was “offline mode”. I connected occasionally (church on Sundays, devotional time, etc.) but was offline most of the time.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to “pray without ceasing”. A modern day paraphrase of that could be – “switch your default setting to connected mode”. Connected mode is better than offline mode.