Through a series of circumstances (some accidental and others purposeful), we lost our wi-fi service for a couple days. No internet, no e-mail, no printer (at least the way it’s currently set up). I have to say, it was a horrific experience.
It wasn’t long ago that I had no wi-fi at all. Now, I can’t stand being without it. I didn’t know what to do, nor did I know how to act. As it turns out, almost everything I do these days is connected by wi-fi. I have to tell you, I got downright cranky.
The Pot Was Idle
The only thing I could do was cook. I even had a hard time doing that, however. We landed one of those new Instant Pot pressure cookers recently, and I’ve been on the Internet checking out recipes and techniques to use it well, properly, and safely. The pot was idle these past few days.
I couldn’t mow the lawn—it was raining. I couldn’t do the carpentry project I’ve been working on—no Pinterest (see Pinterest: Man’s Best Enemy). I did go for a ride on the Harley, but eventually, I had to return to an empty home robbed of all its high-tech features (Alexa was on the blink as well). It’s almost impossible to live when something you so widely depend upon is ripped from your very midst.
It all reminded me of the passage from the first chapter of Colossians which informs us that not only was everything created through Jesus, he continues to hold all things together. I’ve thought about that a good bit over the years. The logical conclusion from that passage is extraordinary. If Jesus decides to let go, everything will come apart. It will all explode.
How to Destroy the World
We know that a tiny atom is filled with energy. Those protons, neutrons, and electrons form little powerhouses. You’ve heard what happens when scientists split atoms—atomic bombs. It’s always occurred to me that, if Jesus wanted to destroy the world, all he’d have to do is let go. Let’s hope he keeps holding on.
The tie-in to my wi-fi woes is this. I depend upon my wi-fi day in and day out. I don’t ever think about it, though. I just jump on my computer and expect to be able to pull up YouTube, Facebook, and all those other great websites (like davezuchelli.com). I don’t even consider its existence until it’s not there. I expect Alexa to turn on my living room lamp at night and turn off my bedroom light when I go to bed—until she doesn’t.
According to Scripture, Jesus holds the universe together. We don’t think about it, we just live here. We go through all our machinations and probably never pray and ask him to please hang onto everything. We just expect him to do so. As far as we can tell, it’s always been that way and it always will be.
By the way, my wi-fi has been restored—and Jesus is still hanging on.
[Dave Zuchelli is a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and currently resides in Aldie, VA.]