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Consumed by the WiFi

bells st john wifiDoctor:
There’s something in the WiFi . . . this whole world is swimming in WiFi . . . we’re living in a WiFi soup!
Suppose something got inside it, suppose there was something living in the WiFi, harvesting human minds, extracting. . . imagine that!
Human souls trapped like flies in the world wide web. Stuck forever, crying out for help
Isn’t that basically Twitter?

Such insight this time lord brings! People are living their lives consumed by WiFi, consumed by all that the ‘interweb’ offers – consumed by the desire to be constantly affirmed and entertained by all those other web consumers (hang on, are they consumers, or consumed?). If we don’t stay connected to the WiFi we feel like we are missing out, we feel isolated and disconnected. . .  but from whom?

Many studies have already shown how smart phones have spelt the death of conversation and many other face to face social interactions. Of course the internet and WiFi do bring good things, connections9 and communication that would not normally be possible. We have people sharing ideas and encouragement across the world (in the blogosphere particularly), but we need to be balanced, and remember the importance of the face to face time with those God has put close by.
I sometimes wonder WWJD (what would Jesus do, that is) with all the digital technology and connectedness of the world. Would he try to build a huge Twitter following and aim for 7 billion+ friends on his Facebook page, or would he be content to spend one-on-one time with a small group of people. Would he seek out the following of crowds, or would he seek out individuals who were willing to exercise faith in Him and spend time with Him. If you read the Gospel of Mark, as I have been doing quite a bit lately, you will find that the later option is the case in both instances. Jesus only withdrew from face-time so that He could have some refreshing “Father” time, in prayer.

Now we sure have drifted far away from this very fun episode of Doctor Who (where companion Clara gets sucked into the WiFi, reminiscent of the way Riversong was “saved” into the computer way back in Doctor #10’s era (his very first meeting with Riversong). But I challenge you and myself, to consider how much of our self is consumed by the WiFi in our homes, workplaces and public places. How much more would we have to give (which is more bless-ed to do than receive) and gain in return, if we disconnected from the world out there for a while, and concentrated on the faces under our roof! How are we shrinking our own lives and our souls, by ‘navel gazing’ into the abyss of the internet?

Ps. Since I really spoke little of the story of this Episode (Series 7/6), you might like to check out a synopsis here.

About sevennotesofgrace

The author musing here about music, grace and God goes by the name of Ros. I have a husband (married 24 yrs) and three daughters. I've been many things over the years, particularly a mother, high school teacher, church music director and women's ministry co-ordinator. Now I'm back to teaching high school English full-time. All these experiences have come to me from God's gracious hand, and each day I try to remember that! I live in a home among many gum trees in Brisbane Australia. Our extended family includes a white Maremma dog named Mia, two kittens, Simon and Catniss, and one chickens. Why “seven notes of grace”? The grace refers to God’s grace, which He offers to unworthy people like myself. We can freely receive His forgiveness and love. Music is another gracious gift to us: our ability to create, play, sing, communicate with and enjoy it. So the seven refers to the seven notes of the musical scale (yes there are seven, count them A to G) and the notes refers to writing (text and music) and musical notes. I was very relieved when this original blog title finally came to me, which encapsulates so many different aspects of who I am, a musical sinner saved by grace! http://sevennotesofgrace.com/

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