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No need for a cellphone when talking to God

June 18, 2004

CINDY TRANE CHRISTESON

"Do you believe that God is near? He wants you to. He wants you to

know that he is in the midst of your world. Wherever you are as you

read these words, he is present. In your car. On the plane. In your

office, your bedroom, your den. He's near. And he is more than near.

He is active."

Max Lucado

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It seems like I've seen them anywhere and everywhere. I've seen

them inside and outside homes. I've seen them in every aisle of the

market and hardware store, and in practically every kind of store,

for that matter. I've seen them in banks, car washes, churches,

theaters, hotels, offices, gyms, airports, parks, restaurants and

schools. I've seen them on boats, buses, cars and planes. I've seen

them at the beach, on tennis courts and on ski slopes. I've seen them

on bikes, at pools, and I've seen them on walks. Furthermore, I

realize that this is only a partial list. I have even used one myself

in some of those same places, as have many of you readers. If you

haven't guessed by now, I am referring to cellphones.

I've thought about cellphones more often lately since mine stopped

working. Actually, my phone seems to have a mind of its own, and

works sometimes and not at others.

At first I thought it was due to my location; perhaps I was in an

area without good reception. But while I used to use my cellphone

without problems at home, it started to work there occasionally, and

I began sounding like the person in the television commercial who

asks, "Can you hear me now?" Needless to say, my family got tired of

the routine and I hung up, and called back from our home phone when I

could.

I also contacted our cellphone provider for assistance. After

listening to numerous recordings and following many directions, my

phone worked. Not long after that, however, there were several times

when I was in the middle of a conversation with my husband, Jon, and

soon his clear voice changed and sounded like he was talking to me

from inside a fish tank.

I've decided that cellphones and computers, and many of the other

technological devices, are a mixed blessing. There is a time and a

place for them, especially when we need them and they work, but like

any "thing" in life, they are not 100% reliable.

My phone isn't working yet, and while it's been frustrating on one

hand, it's also been freeing. I don't have and I don't need instant

access to everyone. Technology isn't perfect, but I've learned that I

can always count on and trust God.

God is always with us, wherever we are. He is as close as a

prayer, and we can always have instant access to him. Cellphones will

come and go and continue to change. Some will function correctly and

others won't, depending on equipment, our location and the latest

discoveries. But God will always be near, and wants to be part of our

lives in this world, and for eternity.

* CINDY TRANE CHRISTESON is a Newport Beach resident who speaks

frequently to parenting groups. She can be reached via e-mail at

cindy@ onthegrow.com or by mail at 537 Newport Center Drive, No. 505,

Newport Beach, CA 92660.

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