Daily Post: Tether
From a childhood experience of watching weekly Saturday morning western shows, anyone my age knows about hitching a horse to a post, tree, or hitching station in front of the saloon. When the heroes of Maverick, Gunsmoke, The Lone Ranger, The Rifleman, The Virginian, Wagon Train, Big Valley, Bonanza, and others came to town, they used the reins to tether their horses, before going off to do their business. Today my 400 horsepower mode of transportation is tethered to my key fob. No one steals my horsepower without OnStar knowing it. While driving these horses, my iPhone is tethered to the entertainment system through the USB port, and using an invisible tethered data stream (since my “horse” is also a wifi hotspot), we can listen to Pandora all the way to wherever.
In the westerns, Clint Eastwood (Rawhide), Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, et al galloped around righting injustice. Whether in the original black and white, or in living color, these shows from 50-60 years ago demonstrate just how quickly things change. It’s sometimes hard to image that just 100 years ago the primary mode of personal transportation was a horse. While today the technology involved just to start my car, rivals the most powerful computer from just 25 years ago. It makes you wonder, doesn’t it? What will the primary personal transportation vehicle look like 100 years from now?
The same kinds of dramatic shifts in television, and transportation, can be seen spiritually across our world. Saturday morning westerns are far removed from the kinds of television shows our children watch today. In the same way, our world has been rocked by a steady diet of mixed message programming, where the catch phrase has become, “Not that there is anything wrong with that.” This phrase actually means, “anything goes for any behavior, or for any topic of discussion.” In my humble opinion, we have become untethered.
Is there hope to become grounded again? Tethered again? Is there some voice of reason that will show us the way? I want to believe that people are even capable of hearing it, and turning from this rampant departure from spiritual sanity. With new threats of intercontinental ballistic missiles, political upheaval, and ISIS, where is the tether that will stay our course? Perhaps I sound jaded or defeated to you. I assure you I am neither. I just keep asking myself what will it take for us to understand just how far off course we’ve traveled?
Here is a verse that is often used at times like these to suggest that we individually and collectively as believers can stay the course through the power of prayer. I’m just curious… if you are out there, reading this today… and you believe this verse… write me a note, comment, or something, anything… email, FaceBook, something… that says you are tethered with me in believing this Scriptural truth.
2 Chronicles 7:14
(if) My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
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4 thoughts on “Use a Hitch not a Bow Tie”
When I visit your blog, I’m always immediately engaged in your writing. I don’t even realize I’m reading it until I’m half-way through the post. You have a talent…a God given gift for writing. I never see any comments on here (at the time I visit) but I want you to know that I’m reading your posts more frequently, and completely by random selection from the Daily Post board. (we most post around the same time) I think GOD keeps bringing me back to your page – and I’ve been feeling compelled to offer you encouragement – I’m not sure if you are needing this, but here it is – there are readers. You are reaching people. They are just quiet on the boards? I was going to comment on yesterday’s post, but didn’t. I suppose it’s because, then you might visit me and discover my blog has some questionable content for a pastor. 🙂 Some times there’s a curse word. It’s kind of like driving next to a police office, and everyone slows down to be on their best behavior. But…I feel God might shoot me with a bolt of lightening if I didn’t stop to comment today…I can’t explain it.
I recall watching Bonanza with my dad, many of them being reruns by that point. Also, this line made me laugh:
“No one steals my horsepower without OnStar knowing it.”
And I am becoming annoyed with this phrase myself:
“Not that there is anything wrong with that.”
I agree it is used more frequently to excuse all behavior with no consequences. yes, sometimes, there is something wrong and it’s not okay.
***remember, People are reading you posts! Continue with your stories, you get the word out and God does the saving.***
Sandi, Hi! This comment means so much to me, thank you for the time it took to write it. You have described my goal exactly! I hope many will be engaged in the pursuit of God’s truth. You keep writing. I’m just a man, even if I am a retired pastor. Be true to yourself and your writing style! And yes, please keep reading!
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Securely fastened by His word and promise
Proverbs 3:5 (NASB) 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.
Proverbs 3:6 (NASB) 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.
Thanks Bo! me too!