Contact is what keeps us going

Contact, we have contact.

Wow, those are some important words. I can remember being huddled around a TV set in a classroom watching NASA’s control room trying to find our guys in space. There would be those moments that seemed to last for an eternity when reentry would begin and we lost “contact” with the astronauts. You could hear a pin drop.

When finally a burst of static and a voice would sound, my heart would say “Contact, we have contact,” and there would be the biggest sigh of relief. The room would go crazy with kids and teachers alike clapping, hollering all with tears leaking from our eyes.

My mind is a weird place and sometimes a normal everyday situation can become this teaching moment. I’ve come to know them as “that’ll preach” stories.

Take for instance another contact moment. I thought my garage door was history when I couldn’t get the remote to work. It refused to go up and I felt trapped because my car was inside and a girl needs her wheels. The whole concept of pulling a string and lifting it manually never crossed my mind. Yet, having some semblance of intelligence, I decided to peruse the Internet for help since, of course, I had misplaced the manual to the garage door.

Once, I googled the manual and watched a few DIY videos a light came on and there was an “aha’ moment.

All the info pointed to one very important detail; there must be contact between the eyes of the garage door in order for it to function. Something had knocked one of the eyes out of kilter and “Houston, we had a problem.”

That’ll preach. In just about anything worth having except the flu, there has to be some kind of contact. How do the lights come on, cars run, batteries work, friendships continue and relationships last if there is not a connection? It’s so important to have eye-to-eye contact to really know someone and to have a meaningful working connection.

It’s a tad different when we are talking about our relationship with the Father. It comes by faith, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Faith is the connector and we see by spending time with the Lord in prayer and really getting to know Him through His Word; not letting that be blocked for anything.

Because there will come a time when it feels like the world has come crashing down and for a little while it’s hard to see what’s ahead.

If you’ve been in close contact and it feels as if the something has blocked your relationship…I hope you’ll check to see what’s gotten in the way.

Faith finds its way and no matter how dark and bleak life may seem remember God is good, He is faithful and He is sovereign … but the real connector is He loves you.

My prayer for us is right out of scripture, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you.” Eph 1:8

Contact, y’all, contact.

Kandi Farris, a freelance correspondent, also is a speaker on matters of faith and values.