The New iPad – Clearly Superior…
Even though I am not very technology savvy, it seems that I always have up to date stuff at my disposal to run my business and to make my life a little easier. It wasn’t always that way. For years, when I had my business headquarters at Keystone at the Crossing on the north side of Indianapolis, we had servers and networks and all kinds of computers linking everything together. When we needed to make a change in something, it was a big deal.
Now, since I work alone, most of my technology improvements are due to our son, Andrew. It all started several years ago when he went out and bought me a Macbook Air when I was out in California on a business trip. I was against it at first, but he was convinced that if I gave it several days, I would love the simplicity of its operation and the fact that the computer only weighed 3.1 pounds. He was right. Soon, Janet switched over as well, Andrew was already committed to Apple and with the iPhones we all had, it made sense to switch over to Mac computers. Poof – no viruses, everything just plugged together and worked – and it’s been that way ever since.
Andrew was convinced that I should have an iPad when they first came out, so of course, one day he went out, bought one and configured it for my use. At first I didn’t see the need, kind of like I felt when we switched over our computers, but it didn’t take me long to realize that the ease of use made the investment well worth it. In fact, I stopped being so cheap and decided to make my life easier by using technology to ease the workload whenever I could. He and I have both upgraded our computers since then, and I have come to depend on his expertise to let me know when it is time to go out and invest in additional technology. I don’t think there has been a time when he has recommended something that didn’t work out.
Anyway, last year Andrew upgraded me to the iPad 2, which was faster, had a camera for video conferencing and an improved display. I have used it for the last year and enjoyed the upgrades but have still fallen short of making the commitment to learn to use it properly to make my work easier. So imagine my surprise when last month he let me know that it was time to make the move to the New iPad, the third generation. As is my usual response, I resisted, but have heard so much about the improvements that I finally capitulated and this week-end, we once again played musical computers, as I handed my technology down through the family and invested in the latest and greatest.
But this time, I can really see a huge difference from the last model. Sure, it’s faster and brighter and has the ability to use the new AT&T 4G LTE lightning fast network, but the biggest thing I notice is how clear everything is. Really – unbelievably clear…..
In fact, I am getting spoiled and its only been one day since I have had it. I thought our TV’s were state of the art but I was wrong. This little device has the most advanced display in the world – and its like watching HD on steroids. Do I really need this? No, not by itself. but with all the other advances, it will clearly help my business life be more productive. And many times, when I am on the road, I write my post from an iPad, especially when I am flying.
Sometimes, in our lives, we don’t see things so clearly until we take the blinders off and then, suddenly, things appear differently. This is especially true with things of faith. Our verse for tonight, like so many others, seems confusing at first. Paul, the author of Romans articulates what appears to be a conundrum. In Romans 1:20, he tells us, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”
But how can something be “clearly seen” when it has never been seen – when it’s been invisible to us? Because we have seen God through the things he has done all around us – for thousands of years. But you have to look for the evidences of God. Consider nature – or miracles – or answered prayers, or the peace that comes from God through the Holy Spirit when you are suffering anxiety. Because the Triune God is the architect of it all – and if you will pray for clear sight, God will deliver – Paul makes that quite clear in a number of verses. By the way, so does Jesus…. My encouragement this evening is to let you know that God wants you to see clearly that He is in control and that he has you covered, eternally, if you will only believe in Him. And while that may be difficult to do, because we can’t see God with our very own eyes, my prayer is that you will see the evidences of God, connect the dots, and realize that God can be clearly seen, and you won’t even need an iPad… Have a great day in the Lord, grace and peace…