Inspirational thoughts and random writings from the alumni and friends of Quad-Cities Christian Writers Conference.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Google, God and Me

By Gail P Smith

“Oh Lord,
There are so many wonderful things to know in this world.  But Your knowledge is better than any other-- timeless, true, and never changing.

Help me to FOCUS-on You and Your Truth. 
Help me to prioritize the incredible flood of information that comes at me
as relentless as waves of the ocean,
as demanding as a screaming child,
and as uncontrollable as a run-away train.”

I prayed this prayer last week as I sat on my porch one morning trying to corral my own run-away thoughts for my time alone with God.
I opened my Bible to Proverbs 23, verse 1 and what I read is in italics. (What I heard, in my heart, is in parenthesis.)

When dining with a rich man (when online on your computer)
Be on guard and don’t stuff yourself, though it all tastes so good: (Watch out, you don’t have to read everything that looks interesting, funny or so good)
For he is trying to bribe you (Cyber space would steal your time and your attention from, the crucial, the eternal to the trivial and meaningless.)
And no good is going to come from his invitation. (It will not help you become the person you want to be.)

I joyfully wrote in my journal:
"Wow, Lord, even as I pray today in October of 2011, You had already answered my prayer thousands of years ago, speaking to my heart through the wisdom you gave to a king so long ago.  You are an awesome, amazing and incredible God.  There is none like You!"

Dear Father,
Let neither my head nor my heart be bribed away from You, for reverence for You, Lord is the beginning and the ending of all wisdom.

I will answer their prayers before they finish praying (in my case about 3,000+ years before
Isaiah 64:24

It's our choice, isn't it?


  1. What a description, Gail! The flood of online info--relentless, demanding,uncontrollable. You sure captured it.

    I choose Wisdom! Thank you for sharing this.

  2. Me, too, Robin. Thanks for the comment.

  3. In our mens small group today we were asked to identify things that would hinder us from walking with God.
    I thought about the fact that we are constantly bombarded with information. This electronic age has made everything so easily accessible to us. Unfortunately some times I don't know when to turn it off.
    Then in the quiet moments of my day, I focus on God through prayer, reading my Bible, and just meditating on the many blessings God has given me.
    Then I experience a peace that only God can give and my mind is freed up from the overload of information the world offers.
    And I think this fits in very well with your post, Gail. Thank you.

  4. Amen, Marvin. I love my morning time with just God and me. I feel centered and focused correctly after I've spent time with the Lord.