The kids got an Echo Dot with Alexa for Christmas this year.
They have been having fun asking Alexa to tell them jokes or play them the Pokemon theme song each morning. I’ve been enjoying asking Alexa the weather and to play K-Love radio for us at my voice prompt.
The other day, I overheard my 5-year-old in her room saying,
“Alexa, clean my room.”
“Alexa, I’ll pay you $100 to clean my room.”
I had to stifle my laughter! Oh, her innocence and desire for the “easy way out” of cleaning her room. Can you imagine if that were possible? Can you imagine if there was actually an “ap for that?”
I guess it’s not much different from having the Roomba vacuum for me. I can see why she thought her Alexa could clean her room.
Let’s dream for a moment… What else could Alexa do for us? Make dinner? Fold laundry? Clean the bathrooms? Massage my back? Can you tell it’s the end of the day and I’m exhausted?
What if we took this a little further…What if Alexa could help us in other ways?
Just think what it would be like if we could have an “ap” or “Alexa” that would “give me confidence.” Or, “comfort me when I’m scared.” Imagine saying, “Alexa, help me think of others more.”
As I continue to think about this, I’m reminded, we DO have that. Only,
the name we cry out isn’t “Alexa,” it’s “God.”
I’m reminded of 1 Chronicles 16:11: Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face continually.
What if I were to ask God for help as much as I ask Alexa?
What if we trusted God to give us the answers of our heart as much as we trust Alexa to give us the weather forecast. We are trusting a robot to “tell us the future weather.” Why aren’t we asking the one who creates the weather?
It’s pretty humbling when I think about it honestly. I have a feeling, I will be thinking about this every time I ask Alexa to do something for me. I’ll be reminded to ask myself, “what have I asked and trusted God with today?”