I turn to Five Minute Friday to see what the prompt is for this week. “Connect,” it says.
I scroll down the sidebar for some unknown reason and see an ad for some Amazon books. The one that catches my eye bears the title, “The Way of the Heart: Connecting with God through Prayer, Wisd…” (emphasis mine). The rest of the title is hidden till clicked, and I don’t want to click and get connected to another new link in another new chain, which might lead me to another, then another, then another.
But isn’t that what I have already done? Didn’t I interrupt a lovely time of quiet and beautiful connection with God to connect elsewhere, “just to see…”?
There are so many places we can connect, and now I’m not referring to the internet. But I wonder how many of them are like a Celtic knot of extension cords, all plugged into one another in an endless mess of tangled connections, with perhaps only one of the bunch (if any at all) plugged into the source of power.
The Source of power—that’s where I need to connect, and stay connected. And in order to do that I’ve got to unplug from other things I’ve hooked up with. This doesn’t mean I’ll deny connection to anyone seeking that same Source. Perhaps I’ll serve temporarily as an extension cord myself. But sooner or later, if I care about the person, I’m going to be pointing them to where they need to get power directly for their own lives and souls, rather than drawing on mine through all my flawed and inadequate connectivity and conductivity.
The funny thing, I know, is that a whole lot of lamps lighting up a room, each connected to the true and ultimate power source have a different kind of connection: they all glow in each other’s light, they show up the best of each other’s features, they add their own unique colors to the light that fills the whole room, and that’s a connection of harmony. It reminds me of A. W. Tozer’s analogy of an orchestra getting well attuned to one another. All those different instruments won’t get that way through trying to match each other’s pitch. But if each gets tuned to the tone of a master tuning fork, then they’ll all play beautifully tuned to each other, free from all off-key dissonance.
Primary connection where it counts, that’s the thing…