Being connected is a strong driving force. Even monks in caves do so to become better connected to God. When I went on sabbatical, I thought I would be all alone and it frightened me, but my drive to be connected was so strong that I soon made friends with my brothers who were also in like condition. I also found ways to continue to connect with friends and family through phone calls, letters, and occasional visits.
Looking back on my life I see a pattern. When I was troubled, I did two things, I became quiet and I sought out connections — friends and family with whom I could talk. I didn’t really need their help or advice, what I needed was the connection.
How do I know God exists? I have a strong need to connect with him in times of trouble, sickness, and tragedy. My first reaction about hearing bad news is a desire to connect with God. The media these days ridicules the phrase “I will pray” or “You are in my thoughts and prayers,” as if such action doesn’t bring about any tangible relief, but what can be more powerful than to connect with God and for God to listen as you pour out your heart.
We need to be connected — to family, friends, and God. If you feel something is missing in your life often it is the lack of a connection. I also need to remember what I just said and be thankful for all my connections.
I would be lost without connections.