Losing Our Signal


Nadine has been in Colorado this past week visiting her son Greg and his family.  She had planned to come back to Scottsdale today on a late flight into Phoenix, but when she heard that my mom had fractured her pelvis, and that I was flying to see her, she changed her plans.  She wanted to go and visit her as well so, Nadine is picking me up at the airport tonight.  So why am I telling you all of this?

Colorado has a schizophrenic weather pattern.  It can be 70 one day and the next day it snows which is going to happen this weekend.  There’s a saying in Colorado, “If you don’t like the weather today, wait until tomorrow.”  There are drastic changes seemingly daily and Nadine doesn’t have any warm weather gear to match the snow that is coming.

We face-timed last night on the phone.  For those of you who don’t know the term, it is talking on the phone and seeing the person face to face.  I don’t know how it works, but I was on my iPad (like the size of a tablet) and the signal was coming through my phone to my iPad.  She had me go into her closet where I pointed the iPad to her clothes and she began to tell me which pants, sweaters, shirts, and boots that she wanted.  Awesome isn’t it?!  Except for one thing.  As I went into her closet, I kept losing the signal and the picture would freeze on the screen.  I was getting too far from the phone to transmit her voice and picture, and we were disconnecting.  I was losing the signal and I was becoming impatient as was she, because she couldn’t see what I was pointing to in her closet.

It reminds me of our relationship with God sometimes.  In Psalms 119:104 it says, “God’s word is a lamp unto my feet and a light to my path.”  Gods word gives light and direction to the steps we take on a daily basis and gives direction to where He wants us to go.  Unfortunately, when we get too far from His word and don’t spend time connected to what He wants to know, we begin to lose our signal with Him.  We become impatient with those around us.  We don’t listen.  We get into arguments.  Our hope wanes.  We find ourselves getting lost and not being able to experience the abundant life (John 10:10) He has offered us, because we are too far from the source (the bible) that gives life, patience and hope.

On this journey, it is important  to stay connected to the source of life and health–the bible.  If we have lost our signal, all we need to do is recognize the problem and move closer to the source and plug back into the life giving signal.

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About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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