husband and I have had the digital cable television
box with a DVR for a while now. It has
completely changed our lives. Honestly, I
don't know what "DVR" stands for. I can assume
it means something like "digital video recorder" -
but that's just a guess, even though it sounds
educated. Really, I don't care what it is.
I just love the fact that it is.
aren't familiar with DVR, let me give you my lay
person's summary: this machine-program-gizmo-thingy
can record 2 shows at the same time. It also
can be programmed just once to record a particular
show over and over as it airs week after week, and
even that can be further programmed to catch only
new episodes or only shows that air on a certain
time or day or even that same show on multiple days,
or it can search the globalsphere and find that show
in every language in every country at any time it
airs and record it to your
machine-program-gizmo-thingy. (Okay, the last
one, I made up. I think.) Impressed?
But get this: it also automatically records
whatever show is currently playing on your
television set, so if you have to go answer the
phone, stir the food on the stove, let the dog out,
comfort the baby, relieve your bladder or whatever
else might take you away from the show you are
watching, you can pause the program OR rewind the
program when you get back to the TV and not miss a
thing. How cool is this!?!?!
has changed the way we watch television. We
set to record the shows we want to watch and then go
about our lives. After the show has aired for,
say, 25 minutes, we go nestle onto the couch, turn
on the television, and start watching from its
beginning the show that we've recorded (even while
the show is still airing in real time). That
way, we can zap through the commercials and the
parts we don't want to watch, and we generally end
up at the end of the program just about the time it
would be finishing up in "real life" time. So
life were like that. We could speed through
rainy days, uncertain circumstances, uncomfortable
situations, boring meetings, grocery shopping, job
hunting, house cleaning, sleepless nights, grief
events, the frigid winter, unsolicited advice,
laundry detail, tax season, and everything we deem a
bother. And by that reasoning, we could pause,
rewind, and replay our wedding day, baby's first
step, that last precious moment with a loved one,
the winning touchdown, the feeling of falling in
love, a momentous achievement.
thought, maybe life imitating DVR isn't such a good
thing after all. How could we appreciate the
peaks without the valleys? Love without loss?
Achievement without failure? Warmth without
cold? Blue skies without cloudy days?
said that often in our lowest points, we encounter
God. It's not that God isn't always present.
It's just that we aren't always present to the
experience of God in our lives. But when
tragedy strikes, or when we experience a loss or a
loneliness or fear or discomfort, it is in these
times that we allow ourselves to tune into the God
who watches over us. The God who never
slumbers nor sleeps. The God who knows our
going in and our coming out. The God who walks
with us through the valley of the shadow of death.
it is in these times in the valley that I am more
likely to come to my God, to inquire, to search, to
listen, to be led--even if these times are
difficult, tedious, and possibly scary-- then I will
live in them. No fast-forwarding by me.
for "American Idol," "Ugly Betty," and "House" - the
DVR is the ONLY way to go!
Grace and peace
to you as you journey.
Yours in Christ,