On New Year’s Eve, I took Daddy to have some bloodwork done for an upcoming doctor’s appointment. While we were waiting for the lab staff to come back from lunch, two ladies from our church came in. One of them was pushing the other in a wheelchair. The latter is well in her 90s, and it has been quite a while since I’ve seen her. We had a brief chat while her friend checked her in and went to move the car.
In a few minutes, this lady asked after my aunt, who was one of her longtime friends. My aunt is also in her 90s — although I’d appreciate it if you didn’t mention to her that I put that on the internet! They haven’t seen each other for several years, and I had a couple of pictures my cousin had texted to me during Christmas, which I shared with her friend. She was so happy to see my aunt and asked me to be sure and tell her that she said hello. I called to relay the message after we got back to my parents’ house. It made my aunt’s day.
I quipped to my parents that I had basically served as Facebook for two 90 year olds. But, you know, it made me think. We truly are blessed to have technology that allows us to be connected with family and friends we don’t see all that often. We should treasure that as a blessing — and take time to connect in real life, too. I’ve been thinking a lot about friends from college who I’ve lost touch with; maybe 2016 will be the year I can reconnect. What if this were the year we actually planned that family beach reunion instead of just talking about it? I have dear friends that I work on the same campus with or live just a few miles from that I only see through social media. What’s up with that? There are incredible people at my church who I barely know because I’m always hurrying to and fro. I’d rather chat over coffee or lunch than keep my nose buried in my phone all day.
I truly do appreciate my social media friends and love connecting through technology. I don’t want to give the impression that I don’t. But isn’t it possible that God wants us to go a little deeper in our relationships than just clicking a like button or typing out a quick reply? I think I need to have social in my life in more than just social media.