Cell service in my neck of the woods has been an adventure since we moved here almost five years ago. I am told that we live between two cell towers and therefore, service is sketchy. We have tried LG, Samsung, Moto, and iphones from Sprint and Verizon. Used a booster. Talked hours to tech support. Nothing has changed. Most of the time, I have one bar showing on my phone. Not to mentioned a gazillion dropped calls.
On Tuesday morning while running, I chose to listen to one of my Pandora radio stations. Nope! Not on this day! Buffering.
According to Bandwidth Place, “buffering involves pre-loading data into a certain area of memory known as a “buffer,” so the data can be accessed more quickly when one of the computer’s processing units — such as a GPU for video games or other forms of graphics, or a CPU for general computer processing — needs the data.”
To buffer is to “lessen or moderate the impact of something.” Synonyms are shield, protect, defend, cushion, insulate, screen and guard.
For the Christian, buffering is a good thing.
Buffering and the intake of the Word of God are parallel entities. For you to be shielded, protected, defended, cushioned, insulated, screened and guarded in any and every area of life and from every attack from the world, your flesh and the devil, you must “pre-load the data” of God’s Word. I have stored up Your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against You (Psalm 119:11).
When you memorize and meditate on the Word, you can access the data more quickly when you need wisdom, when you need a buffer in this life. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success (Joshua 1:8).
So the next time you see the word “buffering” or its indicator on your smartphone, just be reminded of the biblical data that you need to buffer you in this life!
And, while you are waiting, spend that time thinking on the Word. It will keep you connected to your Heavenly Father.