Well, I have to admit that I'm a bit behind posting for Day 16 since I have spent time at the Apple Store with my iPhone. As many have probably read, if you are a friend of mine on Facebook, my iPhone needed an update and after I dutifully followed the path of updating, my battery began to drain rapidly. Thus, I went to the Apple store at our local mall and completed what we are hoping is a fix, although that remains to be seen....
But as I sat down to write a note of thanks, I began to recall when Gary and I were first married and lived in Idaho Falls, Idaho in the early '80's. We only had landlines....yes, we are that old....and in order to speak with my mother during the week I would call her place of business after she had gone to work on the east coast. It required me to rise early in the morning, but we were two hours behind in time zones and I could call before the rates went up. Then if I wanted to talk with my folks or any of my friends on the east coast during the weekends, it needed to be within a particular hours on Saturday and Sundays. Crazy, right? Now with unlimited minutes and the ability to call and talk at anytime to anyone in anyplace in the United States, it is very difficult to imagine a past system of telephone rules!
How far we have come with our communication and what an absolute blessing especially in an age of families and friends being planted outside their native states. I currently have a friend staying by the bedside of her husband is who very ill in Baltimore and I can text or call her at any moment and she's on the other end of the line! Or anytime I desire to checkup on my mother in the nursing home in Virginia, all I have to do is call the number and hopefully someone will not be unusually busy and will answer the phone and connect me to my mom. But I think having that phone with me when I am traveling alone or know someone is traveling without a companion is so important. How did we exist in days gone by without this amazing technology?
And do you know what I was reminded of? Our Lord and Savior is better than a cell phone. Although we don't hear an audible voice on the other end, He's there. Anytime or in any place, we can call on the Name of the Lord and He is there to listen and to give us the needed assistance we so desire.
So on this Day 16 of giving thanks, I am so grateful to God for the ability to communicate with Him and know that He hears and that the awesome mediator, Jesus Christ, is bringing those supplications before His Father. No extra costs, no battery malfunctions, no limited data, no updates or cell phone towers are needed...just the simple words of a soul longing to call on our Heavenly Father. What a gift to be thankful for!