You know, when I was a kid I was obsessed with Science Fiction or just about anything futuristic about technology. I was the kid who would dream big in Future World in Epcot. I was the kid who was hoping a wristwatch would call a talking car. I was the kid who hoped Robocop was real. Finally, I was the kid who hoped to find ET in my backyard.

So now we are in the year 2020, in the middle of a pandemic, and we have everything at our fingertips, watches that can dial phones for you, video calling, email, Facebook , weather apps, and now I am scared .

As much as I looked forward to this technology, it has felt weird. Maybe it is because my childhood dream finally came true. Could it be there is nothing else to dream about for the future in technology? I will admit, it has felt weird going to church on Facebook and doing zoom, or FaceTime. But this was always my dream to have this stuff, and why don’t I like it so much now?

I never realized how much I am a people person until this pandemic came along. I find it difficult to talk on the phone to my patients and patients’ families because I can’t see wtheir reaction to things . 

And new words have popped up, “social distancing.“ I wonder is there an app for that to explain everything about it. Do I need to get out my measuring tape every time I see somebody? Or will my phone let me know if I am too close?

One could say I am definitely outside of my wheelhouse right now. Now here is a spin on this, what happens if we are to learn something from this experience?

Simple answer , God wants us to be together, plain and simple. God gives us tools to use to reach out, such as zoom or FaceTime, or whatever this thing called TikTok is doing. It has been proven that more families are getting together now electronically and in some ways spending more time together. In spending their time, they are doing game nights or just catching up. I have some friends that even shared a meal together.

Now, I am well aware technology can be used to bad ends, and unfortunately at times the bad outweighs the good in a situation like this pandemic. I do not like saying this, but people will take advantage and not follow God and the tools that have been laid before us. Well, I plan on using these tools for God’s will.

On May 24, 2020, at 9:30am, we are going to have our very first virtual Children’s Sunday in Facebook Live , and then at 10 do a zoom meeting with the kids to check in. I am very happy that we have the technology, and we are able to do such things, and who knows where this will take us. What I do know where there is a will, there is a way, God’s way.

Pastor Jonathan