As far as the world goes, it’s been a weird week. There was the President’s address about Syria, which is troublesome no matter which side you’re on, and then the somber remembrance of 9/11 right on the heels of it. It seems there is a rumble just under the surface of the earth, a groaning that’s threatening to explode.

I just read about a friend’s day at her place of business. It was the day of their biggest sale of the year, and when they arrived, ready to greet the masses, they found that there was construction happening around them that had unintentionally shut down the Internet to all the businesses within a certain radius. Their entire business is run by orders placed online, payments made online, EVERYTHING done ONLINE.

Do you feel the anxiety?

Truly, I can’t make it through the day without Googling something. Really, probably the hour. The work I do for Kevin is online. My banking is online. I pay all my bills online. I talk to my grandbabies through FaceTime, online. I write to you everyday online. Then there’s Facebook, and Instagram, and Twitter, and…


What if we were knocked OFFline? What if it was taken away completely? We don’t know what will happen in the coming years, and the idea of war reaching our shores is more imaginable than it ever has been. I’m not trying to be the voice of gloom and doom, but the world climate seems ripe for it. If that happened, and we were knocked off that on which we’ve come to rely, my guess is that it would be utter chaos, making us easy fodder for an enemy. We’d very quickly come to realize that we’d been standing on shifting sand.

Maybe it wouldn’t be such a bad idea to mark this weird week with a readjustment. Maybe by treating the Internet like the tool it is, and not substituting it for creativity, human interaction, ingenuity and plain old common sense, we could honor those who have already died on our soil. We could start rebuilding our current shifting foundation on that which is unshakable, and can never be taken away, even in the midst of chaos.

The wise man built his house upon the Rock. It’s time for us to wise up, too.


“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” Matthew 7:4 ESV

“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.” Luke 6:46-48 ESV

He alone is my rock and my salvation,my fortress where I will not be shaken.” Psalm 62:6 NLT