For me Twitter was another social networking service. Even though it is quite useful to get connected to many people especially great people who are working on cool stuff or spreading inspiring idea such as, Mark Hart, The Emmaus , TEDMatthew Warner, Michael Hyatt, Joel J Miller, and many others. In twitter I also can find many saints and saints to be such as St Philip Neri, Blessed John Henry Newman Fulton sheen. For me twitter was just like another social networking service. I didn’t expect to find God in twitter, or rather God spoke to me through twitter. God has a creative plan and this is the story:

A tweet For Jesus through Mother Mary

In The Beginning

On Monday morning as usual I log in to my twitter account using my Iphone, then I saw my friend tweet this:

@moniqueang: There are a lot of unnecessary things becomes necessary after somebody calls it “a lifestyle”

I found this interesting so I asked her back:

@andyprima: Such as?

This conversation attracted another friend who tweet this:

@ranggri: such as blackberry and iphone? Internet connectivity 24 hour a day?

I didn’t really know what was in my mind at that time, that made me replied this tweets by saying this:

@andyprima: to prove that its not part if my life style, I hereby commit an offline day for tmr!!

Then, Wala! I had an offline day.

Disconnect from Internet and Connect to God

I really intended to be totally disconnected from internet that day, but unfortunately I need to get some documents from internet for my work, such as sending my journal paper to a researcher in France, downloading some citations for the references of my thesis and finding synonym of some word at I decided to stay off line from any social networks and other browsing activity other than for my work. To be honest, it was very difficult to do that, I felt constant itchy feeling to click at some bookmark at my toolbar that I click regularly. Thank God I managed to stay off line for a day. After 24 hours, some how this thought come to my mind “Man does not live by internet connectivity but by the Word of God”. I am thinking to do this regularly. I am thinking to make Sunday as my off line day and to be on line with God. So where did I find God in Twitter? keep reading 🙂

But Seek First The Kingdom of God

One day after my off line day, that is today, my colleague (and a brother in Christ) discussed with me about a verse in the book of Matthew. He is going to lead a cell group today, and one of their sharing topic is taken from Matt 6: 31-33.

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, `What shall we eat?’ or `What shall we drink?’ or `What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.

From this verses we discussed about our Needs vs our Wants. Sometimes what we want may not be what we need for example, I want to have a car, but at this moment maybe it is not what I need. This sharing with my friend somehow is very inspiring for me. I like to ask God about my calling at work “God please let me know what I need to do after this”, “After I graduate, what should I do”, “God please show me what am I good at”, “God, what do you want me to do”, “God where do you want me to go”. This verses reminds me to Seek First the Kingdom of God and its Righteousness. It is telling me to Seek first the King, and all these things shall be yours as well. I noticed in my prayer that the attention of the prayer is still Me, not God. I still seek first my security, my happiness, my fulfillment, not His Kingdom.

How the Tweets helped me to Find God

It is about the internet, and the Iphone. I did some reflection on @moniqueang tweet. It is true this lifestyle, such as 24 hours connectivity somehow seems to become a necessity. I realized it when I felt the itchy feeling for not being online for a day. I thought I need it because it is useful. I thought I need to do that because everybody is doing it. But today God reminds me to seek first the kingdom of God and the Father who knows what I really need, will give all these needs to me. He reminds me to make my relationship with Him become my lifestyle. He reminds me that this lifestyle is the real lifestyle, and it is really a necessity. From this tweets I find God is telling me to pray and sincerely seek Him so that I won’t be distracted to pursue what I want not the One that I really need, Jesus Christ.

This is my first time finding God in Twitter, how about you? Do you find Him there as well?