Do you ever feel like you’re not quite with it – your needle isn’t in the groove – you’re not on the same page as everyone else? There’s a disconnect between where you want to be and where you are. When I was a kid, we used to call that feeling “muxed ip” or “discombooberated”.
Last Friday, our cable tv and internet went on the fritz. We would be watching a program and then the picture would “pixulate” (funny little squares), we would get interesting “ghost” images, the picture would freeze and then we would lose reception altogether. We ended up having to go without cable and internet all weekend – oh no!
I don’t think that we really realize what a “connected” society we live in until something happens and we lose that “connection”. Our umbilical cords may be cut at birth, but now we have attached ourselves to computers, video games, television, DVD players, i-pods, and cell phones. We are “plugging in” to “stuff” and disconnecting from people. We want to be heard, but we don’t want to listen. And when something happens to interrupt our various “connections”, we can’t stand the silence , we don’t know what to do with ourselves, we feel lost – discombooberated.
The most important connection mankind ever had was lost, thousands of years ago, in the Garden of Eden, when Adam chose to disobey God. By connecting with the lies of the devil, Adam pulled the plug on his connection with God.
We can almost immediately see the results of that disconnection. Adam ignores his own responsibility in the matter and points the blaming finger at Eve: “Gen 3:11-12 … And the man said, The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.” Thus, the idea of “pass the buck” was born. Jim Carrey made the idea famous with the line in which he parodies a line from “The Fugitive” – “it wasn’t me, it was the one-armed man!”
The loss of the connection with God also led to Adam losing his status in creation. In the beginning, Adam was the head honcho – the executive supervisor: “Gen 1:26b … And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the heavens, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over all the creepers creeping on the earth.” The disconnection caused Adam to go from being “boss-man”, to being just a “poor working slob”: Gen 3:17 … Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree, of which I commanded you, saying, You shall not eat of it! The ground is cursed for your sake. In pain shall you eat of it all the days of your life. It shall also bring forth thorns and thistles to you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken. For dust you are, and to dust you shall return.
Then Adam was evicted from his beautiful home – God kicked him out of the penthouse, took away the key and set security staff at the front door: Gen 3:23 therefore Jehovah God sent him out from the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he had been taken. And He drove out the man. And He placed cherubs at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.
The disconnection had a severe affect on Adam’s family as well – it led to brother killing brother: Gen 4:8 And Cain talked with his brother Abel. And it happened when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him.
Wow! It is mind-blowing to think that within such a short span of time, mankind went from living in, and being the caretaker of, paradise, to being unemployed and living “on the mean streets”. Mankind’s behaviour went from one of holiness to one of irresponsibility, untrustworthiness, jealousy, anger, bitterness, and murder. Talk about being “discombooberated”! And all because man chose to disconnect from God, who is the source of truth and light, and instead, connect to the devil, who is “the father of lies” Joh. 8:44
Choose your connections wisely: Psa 40:4 Blessed is the man who makes Jehovah his trust and does not turn to the proud, nor to those who turn aside to a lie.