A couple of weeks ago, I did something I never thought I’d do. I joined Facebook. Facebook has been around for a while, and quite frankly, it never really appealed to me. I thought it might be time consuming and what was wrong with communicating with my friends the old fashioned way, via e-mail or phone? Having spent so many years in the media, I was also enjoying some anonymity for a change. However, over one month’s time, numerous people from our church and outside the church started asking me, “Why aren’t you on Facebook?” or “You ought to do Facebook.” “You’re not on Facebook?” I thought, “This is strange. No one has ever mentioned this to me before.” When I receive multiple messages on the same subject, I take notice and in this case thought, “Maybe God wants me to be on Facebook!”
What I didn’t realize was how Facebook would open up my world to people or friends whom I did not know very well. It is a thrill to be asked to be a “friend” from someone I don’t necessarily hang out with but know them and still take interest in what they are thinking. I didn’t understand that the Facebook “wall” would be an intriguing exchange of ideas and many of the posts would make me reflect. It is also be a way to share with others about my own spiritual walk. Lastly, I have reconnected with an elementary school friend, a couple of old friends from college and another friend I played basketball with in high school. After all these years, they are back in my life again and it gives me great joy to communicate with them again!
I realized my personal spiritual journey is a lot like the Facebook discovery. I became a Christian in high school but traveled a path disconnected from God for many years. My career path took off; however, and I landed a national sports reporting job with HBO Sports and an anchor job in New York City at the Madison Square Garden Network. But after a few years working in the “big time,” my career took a devastating blow when I was not renewed on either of these contracts in the same week. As many people do in adverse times, I reconnected with God, only to blame him and ask him why he allowed this to happen to me! Understandably, he did not answer me right away so being the good reporter I was, who needed the interview, I decided to seek God in the midst of my trial by participating in a Bible study for the first time ever. Perhaps God would grant me the interview if I spent a little time studying his Word. During that year-long study on the book of John, God did eventually provide the answer I longed for. He told me that he had given me an incredible platform through a media career to be a witness for him but I did not use it and that I was not living my life with him as the focal point. Hmm…Now I understood and realized it was up to me to take action. I promised God that if he gave me a second opportunity, I would dedicate my career to him. I’m sure he knew my heart so he acted fast. The next week, ESPN called asking me to do some freelance reporting for the sports network. Was this a coincidence? I don’t think so.
From 1993 on, just like what happened with Facebook, I reconnected with an old friend whom I never want to lose again. Now also connected with the Body of Christ, I am walking down a spiritual path with other fellow believers through Bible study, worship, through my speaking ministry and through Facebook! I was the prodigal daughter and I have to believe my Heavenly Father was as elated to have me back as I was to reconnect with Him. “Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found. So they began to celebrate.” Luke 15:23,24.