If I Could Write God an E-mail
(1 Thessalonians 5:17)
By Rachel Johnson
If I could write God an e-mail, He wouldn't be able to get through His inbox for all of the mail I would be sending Him. I would write Him to ask questions, to praise Him, to thank Him for everything He has given me, and to ask for His guidance and strength. I would send Him long e-mails during troublesome times to request His help and I would send him short e-mails throughout my everyday life, just to stay in touch. How great it would be to have such an easy and convenient avenue with God—this readily available means of talking to Him, whenever I wanted, for however long I wanted, and to be able to talk about anything I wanted. To be able to e-mail God would make things quick and effortless, don't you think?
Sometimes we forget how easy we have it, don't we? We can't e-mail God, but while we may not realize it, we have the simplest and easiest form of talking to God, and yet we don't take nearly as much advantage of it as we should. All we have to do is take a few moments to pause and speak, but so often it seems like such a hassle. Praying doesn't cost us any money. On the flip side, however, we all know that in order to use e-mail we must pay for the Internet. Paying for the Internet takes money, so we have to make money; and to make money we must have a job. Even if we don't pay for Internet, we have to find some way to access it, whether it is through a friend or relative or the library or some other means. This requires getting up and at least walking to someone's home or driving down the road, which costs money as well.
No, God doesn't make us pay to speak to him. He doesn't even ask us to be anywhere in particular to speak to Him. He doesn't ask us to be in a certain mood, and He doesn't ask us to be sitting or standing. He asks nothing of us except that we do speak to Him, and so that we will, He made it so easy that we all can do it, whenever we want, for however long we want, and about anything we want. This means we can talk to God when we're in bed, when we're eating, when we're in the shower, when we're in the car, when we're at work, when we're at school, when we're at the movies, when we're at Wal-Mart, when we're walking the dog and when we're hanging out with our friends or family. What a blessing it is to be able to speak to God whenever and wherever we want! God gave us far more choices of where to speak to Him than we have to use the Internet to send out an e-mail.
It would be great to be able to e-mail God, but that's not the avenue He gave us. As God always does, He not only gives, but He gives abundantly, and that is what He did when He blessed us with the simplest, easiest, and most convenient route of speaking to Him. And because God gave so graciously, and made it so easy for us, we should try to make it a point to always fill his prayer "inbox" every chance we get. No other means besides prayer guarantees instant delivery, perfect service, and absolutely no down time. After all, our prayers to God don't run through DSL or cable; they run through a far greater connection: Jesus Christ.
Rachel Johnson, 2007