“This search engine. It’s a window to the world of knowledge. Everything I ever wanted to know is a few strokes and clicks away.” Paul was ecstatic at his new found tool. “Let’s say, I forgot a title of a song, which is natural for me, I type in a few lyrics, then boom, the song title comes up and anything else, like a zillion things, associated with those words. Sometimes another word can put me on another path and before you know it, I’m far away from what I was originally looking at.”
“You’re just finding all of this out now? Have you been living in a cave?”
“No, ha, funny. I just didn’t have the time. I even googled an old friend. In fact, you can put any one’s name in there and sometimes you can find out things about them that normally you would not have ever known.”
“Googled huh, what about the old friend.” Peter wasn’t that thrilled with Paul’s newfangled adventure, but tried to remain interested for his own curiosity as Paul usually didn't open up this much.
“Well, I found their address and phone number, then I found an article about his arrest.”
“Wow. Did you call him?”
“Why would I do that?” Paul looked dumbfounded. “How could I? From the article I read, he is still in jail.”
“I would think that a tool like this has more than just a passing fascination and would be used for some other benefit. What made you think of that person?”
“I don’t know. We were good friends when we were younger. We grew apart, like so many friends do, I guess.” Paul wanted to change the subject, but found it hard to stop talking about it. Peter wouldn’t let him either.
“Let me ask you something Paul. Do you think the Lord brought that person to your mind? Perhaps, even to reach out to him?”
“What? It’s been too long, he wouldn’t remember me anyway.”
“How do you know? He could be wondering about you too. You never know. You remembered him right? I think you should try and contact him.”
Paul was silent. He looked down and wouldn’t make eye contact with Peter. Peter got up and walked into the kitchen. He brought in a glass of water for each of them.
“Look Paul. I’m not telling you what to do. I just know these search engines could be meant for good and bring God glory. Yes, it has a lot of information, probably more than our brains can handle, but I firmly believe we can use it for good.”
“Alright, I’ll give it some thought…and prayer, yes I'll pray about it. I just feel threatened somehow of getting back into a persons life, that has….”
“Gone astray, big time.”
“Well, bud, you have to be Jesus to him. You know that saying, “there I go, but for the grace of God’ or something like it. Let me know what you decide.”
Peter left and Paul sat back down. He put the laptop on the table and started more searching of the person’s name. It was hard to identify as it was a fairly common name. However, Paul was able to get the scoop of what happen to his old friend and finally, the address of the jail where he was held. He looked up on another website on how to write a letter to a person in prison. He opened a document and began forming a letter. He hesitated though, as now he thought it ridiculous to do. He began to pray and ponder, if it was me in prison would I want to hear from anyone? Paul thought about it and figured once he got passed the shame and got right with God, then sure, he wouldn’t mind hearing from someone on the outside, a friend. He began typing,
I suppose this will come as a shock to you, as much as it does to me. I was thinking about you and I googled your name…”
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