Technology Makes the World Smaller

Michael Brooks’ article this morning at Forthright coalesced nicely with what was on my mind. Michael wrote about his travels to Asia for mission trips.

He wrote:

It is more than 10,000 miles by air from my home in Alabama to South Asia, to where I have traveled this past week. There is twelve hours difference (twelve time zones) between Alabama time and Bangladesh time. In other words they are exactly on opposite sides of the earth.

Jet lag is a concept with which I am very familiar. After flying for about 26 hours of actual time in the air over an elapsed total time of 36 to 42 hours on average, I am always tired and physically confused. My mind may say “It is morning, let’s get to work.” My body however responds, “I am tired; it is time to sleep.”

I remember my second trip home from New Zealand. We left Wellington at 3:00 PM on Friday afternoon. We landed in Memphis on Friday night at 9:00 PM. That was such a strange experience! You fly around the world and it is actually only a few hours later because of the international date line.

Of course, it may have only been six hours later, in one respect, to my body it seemed to be several days. I was exhausted.

Technology makes the world smaller.  The earthquakes and Tsunami in  Japan yielded immediate pictures and video of the destruction. Worldwide efforts to help the suffering were instantaneous. It is astounding what can be done today because of technologies.

Yet, we were also reminded how connected we are globally. An earthquake in Japan brought Tsunami waves to Hawaii, California and Oregon. What happens in one part of the world does have an impact on everyone else. We all need to remember that and act accordingly.

God has blessed us with an amazing earth. We need to be good stewards of this planet and always remember who is in charge. God is the creator and father of lights. Thank you God, for giving us such a wonderful place to live!


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