Connecting to each other is key to our existence. Connecting to our Creator is also key. We create webs of connection that crawl off into cyberspace showing us the vastness of the universe. Sometimes when I’m bemoaning the idea that I don’t feel God answered a prayer that was key to my life, I have to stop and look at the web, at the awesome numbers of people whose prayers continually go to His throne. All of those people’s prayers are being cast about with mine and they are all equally important. When I look at that network, I’m awed that God has most definitely answered some of my prayers, perhaps even all of them, for my good.
So what is it we’re trying to achieve with Facebook and LinkedIn and all the other social webbing out there? Perhaps in part, we’re simply trying to remind each other that each one of us has value, each one of us is important in the scheme of things. Sure, your resume may look a lot better than mine or you may have 500 connections when I only have 50, but the fact is, we really are seeking a moment here and a moment there of valuable connection. If we were on God’s Facebook page, would we be the friend of a friend of a friend? Would He have to try to chase us through all the channels that give Him a thread to us, or would He find us because we’ve elected to make Him our number one, a first place connection?
As we weave our webs together, we realize how interdependent we really are. Even our planet depends on us to keep it healthy and well. It is our home and the more we connect to each other, the more we understand how important it is for each of us to play a role in protecting it and caring for it. Over two hundred years ago, our ancestor, Chief Seattle, said this: “This we know. The earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the Earth. This we know. All things are connected lik blood which unites one family. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.”
I’m grateful for the web that keeps us all connected. I’m grateful for those of you who lead and share and encourage each of us to become more than we would be if we simply dangled from a strand on our own. I’m grateful to the earth for offering us a foundation to welcome each other into our lives and I’m grateful for God who long became a master web designer. We’re simply His students after all.