What a journey. I feel like I keep saying that, but it was. I found out how reliant I am on modern technology.
It was amazingly challenging to be disconnected from the internet and decent mobile phone service.
Once I left the heat of Phoenix and moved to the relative cool of Wisconsin and Michigan, I was ‘roaming’ on my phone and it was amazing to find how fast my roaming data was gone just by using my sat-nav to make sure I was on target to get from point A to B.
I didn’t get lost, but I sure felt like it a lot.
While at my various families’ homes, they are so disconnected from internet, so poor at best internet cover for even basic e-mail and Facebook usage.
Oh what a feeling, almost worse than being in the Spanish church services in Phoenix and doing all my communication via an interpreter.
So to finally arrive back in Scotland and have proper phone and internet was like being a fish that had been out of water and then allowed to swim again.
Now, if I can just get past the jet-lag...
So I hope you missed me last week with my being disconnected.
But as is my normal, this reminded me of my past reading in the book of Proverbs, also known as the Wisdom book.
If we run our lives out of context, out of communication, out of our own too often unguided effort and mindset, we find our lives out of control and having that lost, not quite sure of our purpose feeling.
I would love to give us the whole book of Proverbs to think about this week, but will let you do the looking up.
I’ll just let us enjoy the first seven verses;
“1. The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;
“2. To know wisdom and instruction; To perceive the words of understanding;
“3. To receive the instruction of wisdom, Justice, and judgment, and equity;
“4. To give subtlety to the simple, To the young man knowledge and discretion.
“5. A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; And a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
“6. To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; The words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
“7. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: But fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
Wisdom, road maps and connectedness help us get through life, but the wrong ones of any of these will leave us a bit lost as I learned on my latest internet free journey.
But thankfully there was an end to that lost feeling – apart from the jet-lag thing.
But even that will end as I adjust to life back home in Brechin.
The final step to feeling complete will be to get Ruth home from Alaska where she is with the granddaughters, but I can’t blame her for wanting to spend time with those bonnie lassies.
Glad to be home,
Rev. Jon Bergen
Brechin Baptist Fellowship