Well today marked a complete and utter FIRST for me which I am so excited about and I just have to write about it!! Yesterday I was really thrilled to get an email from my friend Jesse (author of the "Resurgence" blog) inviting me to set up a programme that makes it possible to talk on the phone via the internet. I know you I.T experts will be unimpressed but for me that is a BIG deal! The programme is Skype - which is free to download! I managed to download it successfully but Jesse and I couldn't chat because I needed a headset. You can tell that I was really excited about it - because all last night I kept having recurrent dreams about chatting to Jesse and even a more vivid dream about flying to the USA and visiting him in Flordia on the way to the Ern Baxter Memorial Library in Mobile (obviously both deep seated longings!).
So I brought the headset today from Birmingham city centre and raced home - and Jesse and I got to have a proper voice-voice conversation at 4pm my time - 11am his time! It was so incredible to actually speak to this wonderful guy! The first five minutes were spent laughing at the novelty of the situation - we both couldn't quite get over the fact that we were talking via the internet! It was so strange to be speaking into my laptop and hearing a voice coming out of it!
We then went on to chat first about where we both live with the help of Google maps! We then moved on to chatting a bit about Ern Baxter and the Fort Lauderdale Five and my interest in them. I then shared a bit about my nursing job and the change for me from Intensive Care to the new children's hospice I will be working at. We then went on to talk about books (a mutual passion!). Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones is a hero of us both so we delved into his incredible insight into the Person and work of the Holy Spirit - yet why that didn't seem to be quite reflected in church life at Westminster Chapel. Jesse told me a bit about himself and his background - where he grew up - the exciting events coming up for him in the next few weeks!
Not surprisingly for any who know both of us we ended up talking in depth about the gifts of the Holy Spirit in our churches including sung prophecies and their place as compared to spoken prophecies. Obviously the incredible grace gift of the internet from God to us and how we are both seeking to honour Him through it by writing. I hoped to get into more practical discussions as to how we can further the Charismatic Resurgence in blogging we so desire - but time as ever was against us and Jesse had to get to work!
I cannot express what a complete joy and encouragement it was to speak to a fellow guy who has similar interests, passions and thoughts like me. I cannot get over either the fact that we could talk for over an hour - from the UK to the USA - FREE!! Truly the grace gift of God! It is our hope that we can make this regular. I truly thank God for the internet and the blogging world - because for one it has made it possible for me to meet this remarkable guy!
What other "Firsts" are in store for us I wonder?!