Friday, October 19, 2012

When the Interference Gets in the Way

I am not a geek. I am not. Don’t go there with me, don’t bring it up, don’t you dare!

Now that we have that cleared up, stick with me for the next couple sentences. And remember…I am NOT a geek.

So did you know that on some new cars there is a wireless tire monitor system that tells the car computer if one of the tires has low/high pressure and gives the statistics on the tire wear? 

Well, I didn’t and if it weren’t for my car’s wackiness, I still wouldn’t. 

But last week…

One evil, dark overcast morning, our car remotes (that lock and unlock the car wirelessly) and our garage door stopped working. After getting the scoop from websites and experts, we decided we had an RF (radio frequency) problem. 

To make a long story short, a friend brought over a little black box that he used to pinpoint where the rf interference originated. Every time he walked by my car, the thing went berserk. With a raised eyebrow, I thanked him, gave him his pay (a plate of brownies) and he left. Feeling I had been robbed of those brownies, I looked up more interference sites desperate to find an answer. 

Later, a warning light on the dashboard came up with, “Service Tire Monitor System.”  Sure enough, when I looked it up, it described what explained above about tire pressure, etc.

Really? Could it be that simple?

I thought about his little black box. When I pushed the garage door, you could hear that signal being sent. However, because of the car interference (which was louder), the signal was blocked. The same thing happened with the car remotes. You could hear the signal being sent, but it never reached its destination.
It reminded me of something else. Sensory Integration kids have a hard time focusing on their task when others around them make distracting noises. 

Then it reminded me of…me. I have interference too. There are days when I can’t focus on what needs to be done as well as usual, something gets in the way. 

But it’s interesting. When I start my day with the Lord, when I take that extra time to be WITH the Lord, talk to Him, share with Him, read something about Him, after that, everything runs smoothly. Some days that’s easy, some days that’s hard. When I am bothered by my own failings, my own sin, I don’t communicate well with God. Sometimes, I avoid Him altogether, believing the insidious lie that I’m not good enough for Him. 

In those times, I create my own interference, GT interference. My God Time is interrupted, and God can’t give me the love and support I desire because I let other things interfere with our time. 

How often do we allow sin and the Enemy’s lie of our unworthiness to create interference between our heart and our God? And what can we do about it?

Well, for my car, I took it to the shop for repairs. For sensory kids, there is a great new class that allows them to overcome their distractions. It’s called Brain Highways. I cannot recommend it enough as it has changed our family completely.

But for the GT interference, I recommend something different. Purge the sin. Purge the lies. Remember what Jesus said in Luke 12:6-7.

“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.  Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (NIV)

Start there. Remember your worth.  Then talk to God about your sin and the lies to you tell yourself. Give those to Him. Let Him take them on. Because remember, Jesus already has. Every single one of our sins and lies was his burden on the cross. And he died for you. That death removed those from you if you but ask for forgiveness. 

It’s amazing how well our garage door and key remotes work when there’s no interference.

Now find how amazing it is to talk to our sweet Lord without our burdens. You won’t regret that repair.