For a little over a week now, I’ve been taking what I believe is a Lenten fast from technology.
To be fair, I can still browse using technology without much difficulty. But, this has a bit of a one-way mirror effect for me. I can browse out in Bloggyville and throughout cyberspace, but I’m almost forced to abstain from corresponding with it, or sharing my thoughts. In effect, I’ve been the equivalent of “struck mute” in the technological arena. In other words…I can really only “listen” to you, and can’t really “say” much in reply.
Perhaps, not surprisingly, this fast has NOT been voluntary.
Regrettably, a family member (who shall remain nameless) spilled apple juice on our laptop over a week ago. This resulted in keys that very inconveniently now type two letters at a time (and sometimes even perform random functions!) with the touch of only one key. Were it not for our family Christmas gift of an iPad (or some serious patience with editing, I’d not be able to write you at all).
Ju6st so you6 know what I+’m talki=ng abou6t, I+’ll leave thi=s sentence u6nedi=ted.
See what I mean?
And for added fun, when I try to delete something, I get this: 33333
Currently, we are working on trying to figure out the best way to replace the keyboard. Until we can figure out the most cost-effective cure for us (yes, we are even running the old keyboard through the dishwasher), I am mostly silent in cyberspace. I trust there is a reason for this, though I find it incredibly frustrating to have been rendered “mute” in the season of Lent. I think of Zechariah and his being struck mute until his wife, Elizabeth, gave birth to and named their son John (the Baptist), as God directed.
Right now, I’m not sure what this forced “silence” is trying to tell me, but when I figure it out, I promise I’ll share it with you.
In the meantime, until my technological “voice” is returned to me, I ask that you head on over and visit my good friend, Anne at Making Room for God. She has been kind enough to share her insights and observations with all of us daily as a Lenten Reflection. So, please go on over and visit her, and I’ll be sure to let you know when all my technical difficulties finally cease.
Until then, I promise you all that if I give birth to anything new in the days to come, I’ll share the news.
And, of course, I’ll name the newborn John.