[843 Acres] Awe and the iPad

by Mattie

The net chatter has been getting louder for weeks about the anticipated release of the Apple Tablet (which we now know is called the iPad). Every major news outlet has buzz on it (I like David Pogue’s thoughts; or watch the promo vid), and I find myself wanting one. Bad. Then I’m reminded of Jesus’ admonition:

“Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” [Luke 12:15, NIV]

Yet, I’d like to think that my attraction to the iPad is less about greed and more about an expression of the wonder and awe with which humanity has been blessed. My fascination with remarkable new technology reminds me of the delight the Psalmist takes in God’s creation:

Those who live at the ends of the earth stand in awe of your wonders. From where the sun rises to where it sets, you inspire shouts of joy. [Psalm 65:8, NLT]

Being drawn to beauty, function, and form is a gift from God. Do I need an iPad? Certainly not. Can I see God’s incredible design in this magnificent new technology? Certainly.

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