Yesterday our streets were repaved. A nice “welcome to the neighborhood” gift from the city of Vacaville. I spent the day listening for the beeping of equipment so I could dash out of the house to video the layers of repaving excitement to my great nephew who loves himself some large moving equipment.
My brother-in-law in Jersey is a large equipment operator. I soooo wished I could arrange for John T & Charlie to meet for a ride on one of his pieces of road equipment … way better than a video!
Virtual never replaces reality … but, it does help create a form of connection.
FaceTime has helped me create and sustain a relationship with my niecelette in Indiana. I can watch her grow. I am beginning to recognize some of the expressions on her face … that speak volumes. That girl is a character. She’s learning I am one too!
The Marco Polo app has kept the Cali family up to date on day to day news … what’s cooking in the kitchen … and extended session on trivialities such as “fly away hairs” the Hall women seem to be dealing with. The greatest moments have been when no words were spoken … but when a “look”, nod, or shaking of the head said it all.
The thing is … while a helpful tool, FaceTime did not teach my niece-lette she could trust her whacky great aunt … it was “time” given when we visited their home in Indiana last spring. She “experienced” my directness … my consistency. She felt my unrelenting love in a cuddle. She learned she could trust me … not just by how I interacted with her … but also how I interacted with others.
I wonder if God sees me in a virtual sense … when I am “doing church”, instead of “being the church” … when I tell him what is going on in my life and how I want it fixed, instead of a wordless nod of faith.
I am certain God sees me in reality … when trust is developed between us through experience & consistency. When consistency is displayed not only by how I interact with Him … but, how I interact with others. When I allow myself to be vulnerable enough to receive His unrelenting love in a cuddle … even when I don’t like the choice he has just made for me … … I shall ponder … #SunriseSandi #SandiPonders #Virtual/Reality