I don’t often go to kids’ movies anymore, but a few weeks ago, when I was with my grandchildren, we all decided to see Ralph Breaks the Internet. For those who haven’t seen it, I won’t go into any details except this: at one point Ralph and his friend Vanellope wander into a colorfully animated version of the Internet. It provided me a very visual illustration of how millions of people can be on the net simultaneously and all find what they are uniquely searching for. Attention is paid to each one, and they all receive lightning fast responses.
Sitting there in the theater, my mind wandered from the plot of the movie to create an analogy for our individual quests for the Lord’s attention to our prayers and His presence in our lives. There are so many billions of us here on Earth. How can the Lord know us all and hear us all?
As other people laughed and ate popcorn, I formed a picture of the perfect, all-powerful, all-knowing Lord as the flawless center of the eternal Internet, our God who can differentiate each of his individual sons and daughters on the Earth right now in a far more precise way than zeros and ones can guide our online searches. If mere men could invent and maintain the Internet, why could the Lord not hear every one of us and be concerned for us?
The answer is simple: He can.
I know that my challenges and problems are not immense or desperate, as so many of my brothers’ and sisters’ are. I know that I am a very insignificant mortal among billions of others. But I also know that the Lord knows who I am personally, hears my prayers and loves me. I know that because I have experienced it. I have learned that as I reach out in faith to know the Lord better, He has been right there to guide me.
At this Christmas season we are invited again to follow the Savior Jesus Christ, whose birth we celebrate, and develop deep, abiding faith in Him, the center of all creation. We follow Him by serving as He served, loving as He loved and giving as He gave. We develop faith in Him by relying on Him completely and trusting in His infinite power, intelligence, and love. As we do, His light will light our faith.
All of us at Uplift wish you and your families joy in our Savior, the Light of the World, at this time and throughout the new year!