In This Very Room
Fleta R. Robinson
Have you ever been in a public place when a large television screen was occupying the center of attention? (Who hasn’t?) Perhaps a restaurant, a hotel lobby, a bus or train station, a doctor’s waiting room, a hospital entry – everywhere it seems this attention-getter is in charge.
Communication in today’s society is amazing. Out here in rural Kansas the red and white blip-blip-blip light from plentiful, tall, slender towers enable messages to instantly reach thousands of people through cell phones, computer systems,
e-mail or FAX. A stamp and postal service is almost obsolete to many.
A need to buy or sell? There’s e-bay. The currently fictional instant transportation of people must be around the corner! You are here – ZAP – you are there. How ‘bout that!
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None of this is new to God. Scripture was the first to discuss instant transportation, be it persons or messages.
I Corinthians 15
". . . we will all be changed – in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, . . . Death has been swallowed up in victory . . . thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. . . stand firm . . . Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the lord is not in vain."
Is it possible that includes allowing Him to cleanse our thoughts, and use our influence and actions to make a positive difference around us? YES!
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The small waiting room was crowded, and the big-screen TV was full of just plain yuck. I silently prayed for the two teenagers and the two small children who were snared like fish swallowing bait. (The little ones’ mothers seemed unconcerned.) Three or four men, each in a different age range, appeared totally engrossed in the show that seemed to feature immodesty and dirty talk. (The two go together.)
Suddenly my prayer for the viewers* was interrupted by the thought, "God, you are here In This Very Room .**
Is there anything I should say or do? At that moment names were called. The room emptied – except for me.
I moved to a seat by the TV and (ignorant of the controls) turned the nearest knob. The channel changed. A harmless cartoon was on. Almost immediately the room filled with new people. A few glances at the TV caused a smile or two, but most turned to those seated nearby and began to get acquainted while they waited. Animated conversations were happening.
Is God interested only in life’s BIG "freeways," or does He also direct brief moments in our day – our "paths"?
"In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct they paths."Proverbs 3:6 KVJ
* More recently I’ve felt prompted to also pray for the ones on the screen. Those earning their wages by exhibiting Satan’s tools need the Savior.
** Song: "In This Very Room" by Ron Harris