We recently decided to ditch the digital broadband TV service. That’s right — we’ve returned to the local channels of our deprived youth. No more pausing the TV, fastforwarding past commercials, recording our favorite programs on the DVR, or rewinding to something we missed. For better or worse, our TV viewing options are now in real time.
I was trying to explain this concept of real-time to our children, ages 5 and 7. It’s hard for them to understand, because they have literally grown up with “on-demand” television programming. “So Mom, what do you mean by real-time?”
After stammering through some techno-speak, I finally said something like — “It’s what’s happening right now, and we can’t rewind, pause, or fast-forward.”
I think there’s a spiritual metaphor in there somewhere. What do you think?
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:18-19