I’ve had it for a long time. Didn’t want to use it. Simply not interested. I was suspicious and set. Suspicious of new technology, as it seems I’m on overload with it. Set in my ways. I like simple, because simple fits me. The whole idea of a woman’s artificially intelligent voice instructing me sort of creeped me out. Beyond that, I have been in vehicles with pastors that barked orders into their phone. Call Uncle Willie home. Alright, I will call Trailways Bus Terminal H. Wrong! Commands shouted louder. Responses more outrageous. Frankly, I thought Siri was a passing fad and perhaps a sales gimmick.
Then someone at my mobile service provider gave me some minimal instruction and even more minimal prodding to use the feature called Siri. So, on a long stretch of road one day, I played with the feature. I barked orders, and she was remarkably accurate. Siri has literally changed my day to day behavior. And if day to day behavior is what life consists of, then perhaps it is not a stretch to say that Siri has changed my life.
She (I still feel strange calling technology “she”; although I did call a previous old-fashioned GPS navigator voice “Tricia”) has made me feel safer. Confession. I have driven seventy-five miles per hour before, while trying to find a church by punching the address into my phone. Now, Route me to First Assembly, Siri. I can keep my eyes on the road the entire time. Text Cecilia mobile, Siri. What do you want me to say to Cecilia? I love you. Thank you, Siri. No problem. I can literally push a fat button with my fat finger and never let my gaze shift from the road.
I had access to this technology for a very long time. I was disinterested in it. In the literal definition of the word, I was ignorant. What’s worse is that the feature was paid for. Musing about this new freedom to my life, I considered the person of the Holy Spirit. It seems to me that people have had access to His incredible freeing “features” for a very long time, and sometimes for a lifetime. The power of them often go unused. When not utilized, there perhaps is a suspicion of Him. Perhaps people don’t let their lives be changed because they’ve seen people “barking” with unusual results. Maybe suspicion or being set in ways prevents the help available. Or, like me, it could be ignorance.
There really is a voice that wants to guide us. And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left (Isaiah 30:21 ESV). His knowledge is not limited to a vast data base. He knows all of it. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth… (John 16:13 ESV). The Holy Spirit is a great advantage for Believers. Even Jesus Christ said so. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you (John 16:7 ESV). Our “service provider” has put the marvelous features of the Spirit into our contract, our covenant with Him. He guides. He teaches. He empowers. He helps. He encourages. He convicts. He shows us Jesus.
I am embarrassed that it took me so long. The embarrassment is short lived. I’m too busy enjoying. Don’t let suspicion, bad examples, ignorance, or apathy keep you from the freeing life of Spirit-filled and Spirit-guided living.