Tuesday, June 5, 2012
I was driving home from church on Sunday and Siri sent me to a dead end; It's much easier to blame her than my terrible sense of direction.
I was driving down random country roads, surrounded by sheep and vineyards-- really a terrible place to be lost. There was no way to continue on the road I had committed to, so I cautiously turned my Aunts car around and mosied back to my starting point.
As I passed emerald carpeted farms, I had a sudden thought nugget which needed to be preserved. So being a responsible driver, I told Siri to make a note:
"Loneliness forces us to face ourselves."
She heard "Loneliness forces us to Facebook."
I suppose Siri knows what's best, or at least what is most likely the truth.
My first week in Portland, I attended Door of Hope, and the pastor Josh White stated "the only thing which consoles us in our misery is distraction."
Deep thought about the reality of our lives is heavily avoided.
Distraction comes in many forms: turning up the volume, watching thirty hours of Mad Men, maybe seeking the comfort of male affection --or perhaps scrolling through the scrapbook of friends lives via Facebook.
"For my soul has wandered so long seeking me-- give me grace to rise and follow thee."
What distracts you?