Holding Tight To My Little Mustard Seed: Tackling Cyber Anxiety

Time to find some perspective on the subjects of Cyber Space, the internet and social networking, etc.  The barrage of information completely overwhelms me, at times, and I’m quite sure I’m not alone in this observation.

TUESDAY EVENING PRAYER- after a day filled with searching the World Wide Web:

“Lord, I don’t even know where to start….I’ve been dangling between PEACE and CHAOS all day!”

Am I too sensitive for this day and age of “e” and “I” everything?! It’s like I got sucked into a black hole of chatter. My journal notes don’t even make sense… Reminds me of that verse where James describes a man who looks into a mirror and when he walks away, immediately forgets what he looks like. 

James 1:22-25 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. 

 I searched, even took [apparently incrypted] notes, yet couldn’t pinpoint any real knowledge gained. 
 

Not sure what that note was in reference to, however, I’m sure it had something to do with the endless opinions and ideas that have have been vomited all over the Internet. So, here’s my opinion:

Cyber SPACE is like a child who has ADHD, who has not had sufficient sleep, who has eaten too much sugar, and who just stepped out of a place like Chuck E Cheese.  In one word- overstimulated.  I know because I have three children who have allowed me to experience their preciousness while under the influence all four factors at one time. 

Question to ponder:  How in the world can I stay connected and find answers without all of the bombardment? 

Answer: I cannot.  Darn. Wishing maybe I grew up in a different era. That’s not going to happen, either…

Here’s God’s Answer! I ran across this all-familiar verse when looking up the exact location of the previously mentioned verse:

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you.  He will not rebuke you for asking.

James 1:5 (NLT)

The book of James in the New Testiment is one of my favorites.   I could swim in that book for days and not get tired! Truth always comes down to one simple action for me and that is to seek God- IN HIS WORD.  This is no cliché! It is SIMPLY THE TRUTH. Take a “swim” through the book of James for yourself! It’s only five chapters and if you read strait through, it only takes 7-15 minutes (on average.) 

Back to subject of cyber space; no longer existing somewhere out in space, but all consumingly in every SPACE imaginable.  It’s a suffocating force.  It’s also a blessing. Yes, I mean what I say: it’s a blessing.  It’s an avenue to share invaluable information in less than a second, assuming your internet is working properly. It’s how we can step out of our own little realities and experience other’s realities:

  • Knowing other’s need and not just clicking from page to page, therefore, forgetting the dire need you KNOW you can help remedy.  
  • Allowing this overwhelming force, called the Internet, to be of good use…And I, personally, cannot do it alone without becoming completely riddled with anxiety.  
  • Acknowledging God’s grace and guidance; 
  • I NEED Faith, Don’t you?

In the book of Matthew, I found encouragement on the subject of Faith.  In this verse, Jesus is responding to his disciples after they were frustrated because they were having issues healing a man with epilepsy.

Matthew 17:20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” 

If you’ve ever seen a mustard seed, you can create your visual from there- it is slightly larger than the period at the end of this sentence.  This verse gives me hope. It is amazingly positive reinforcement for my faith when I am feeling like I’m lacking. I pray it does the same for you!

Lessons learned: 

  • Don’t get caught up in the drama of the world, nor turn my back on the needs of others;
  • Seek God’s Word FIRST;
  • Rely on my faith, even when it feels like it’s the size of a tiny mustard seed!

Praise God! Another heavy burden has been lifted! 

  
Thank you for allowing me to share the journey with you,

Greta

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  1. Wonderful, a journey of words that speaks to me. I recognize myself in this. Thank you<3

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  2. Thank you Greta this was a timely word and such a good reminder! Blessings to you and your family xx

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