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It is after midnight.

Our family has been keeping odd hours since the pandemic began.

The boys are upstairs playing a video game with their friends.

My husband and I are settled in on the couch, halfway through an episode of Homeland.

That’s when it happens.

The WiFi goes down.

Understandably with everything else going on right now, this disruption pales in comparison.

But it did create some chaos in our household.

Not only did it mean no Madden or binge watching a favorite show, but it also meant no streaming of church services or bible study on Zoom the next day.

We lost our access.

Not having personal contact with those we love has been a struggle for many throughout this pandemic.

But we never have to worry ourselves with losing personal contact with the One who loves us the most.

We can rest in the promise we always have full access to our Heavenly Father.

“For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.” Ephesians 2:18 NIV

God will never deny us access to His glorious presence.

That does not mean that the enemy will not try to put up obstacles to weaken our connection.

The technician who came to restore our internet explained that there were several nicks in the cable wires outside of the house.

However, for safety precautions he could not travel inside to access the situation further.

My son ran up and down the stairs, taking pictures of the wires connected to the modem so the technician could see where the problem was occurring.

We were looking right at it, but he could see something we couldn’t see.

But it was up to us to fix the problem inside.

Does this speak to anyone else?

We may not always see obstacles, even when they are right in front of us.

What can we do when we feel like we have lost our connection?

First, pray.

God never withholds Himself from us.

“Praise be to God,

    who has not rejected my prayer

    or withheld his love from me!” Psalms 66:20 NIV

Second, get into the Word.

The Bible is God’s love letter to His children.  

“You have searched me, Lord,

    and you know me.

You know when I sit and when I rise;

    you perceive my thoughts from afar.

You discern my going out and my lying down;

    you are familiar with all my ways.

Before a word is on my tongue

    you, Lord, know it completely.”  Psalms 139:1-4 NIV

Finally, stay connected to other believers.

Sometimes our brothers and sisters can help us see problems when our vision is blurred.

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10: 24-25 NIV

Friends, it is up to each of us to take care of what is happening on the inside.

But take heart, we are not alone.

We have full access to the One who knows how we are wired.

Amen.

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