Have you ever found yourself taking a nostalgic walk down the Internet’s memory lane? The modern equivalent of leafing through old photo albums has a twist: instead of tangible pages, we type names into search bars and delve into the past.
I was recently inspired by a popular video series to take such a digital walk with my own name. To my surprise, my old devotionals emerged as top searches. I remembered how I once posted them daily on Instagram until life took an unexpected turn: hacking, loss of access, and an eventual pivot in content direction.
What fascinates me is the narrative that lingers in digital footprints. Pauses or changes in our online sharing habits can stir up waves of speculation. Whether it’s a halt in family photos, a ceased work project, or in my case, devotional sharing, the online audience becomes inquisitive, sometimes even concerned:
“Have things changed?” “Why the silence?” “Is everything alright?”
Often, these pauses are merely indications of growth or shifts in personal boundaries. For me, sharing devotionals began overshadowing my genuine connection with God. My focus started drifting to online reactions rather than the sacred moments of personal reflection. To reclaim that space, I veered into a new creative avenue where art and poetry converged, becoming a testament to God’s inspiration.
I won’t deny that revisiting these digital echoes and facing inquiries can sometimes be unsettling. Yet, I find solace in the broader perspective. As we evolve, the essence of our connection with the Divine remains unwavering. The modes of expressing that connection might shift, but grace continually envelops us.
For anyone navigating the challenges of an evolving digital persona, remember this: Change is inevitable. The content, frequency, or manner of our online shares will evolve. Yet, the core of who we are remains untouched by likes, shares, or search results.
While not all will chronicle their journeys online, the surge in platforms like TikTok and Instagram suggests many of us will leave digital footprints. And as we revisit these or find them turned into search queries, let’s remember to extend grace—both to ourselves and to others.
Our online presence, no matter how extensive or minimal, is but a fraction of our entire story. We are, and always will be, more significant than our digital memories. Let’s cherish the journey beyond the screen, knowing that our true identity is rooted deeply in Christ’s love and grace.