, Corbin, KY

April 8, 2013

Prayer provides the ultimate wireless connection

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — Back in September of 2011, me and my wife Carmen closed on our house here in Corbin. We weren’t married yet so I moved in there from my apartment and lived there for a year alone until our September 2012 wedding.

And as anyone who has moved into a new place could tell you, a lot of work goes into preparations.

First there is the obvious packing and unpacking. But you also have to think about things like setting up your electricity, water lines, garbage, etc.

As the big moving day got closer and closer, I pretty much had everything squared away except for one thing — an Internet provider.

The house we bought had just been built and it was located in a neighborhood that had just been developed in the past few years. You can actually search for our address on Google Earth and you will still see images of nothing but trees.

While the feeling of living in a new neighborhood was pretty neat, the one drawback in a town like ours is it might take a while for TV/Internet providers to add new neighborhoods to their coverage area. I believe some more local providers have since begun covering our neck of the woods, but at the time it was slim pickens. And for a guy who has to constantly check Facebook, Twitter, Kentucky Sports Radio and Fantasy Football leagues, I was starting to get pretty concerned.

So I ran through the yellow pages with a fine-toothed comb calling anyone and everyone who I thought might be able to help us out. However, everyone I called either told me I was out of their service area or in a location where it was impossible to receive any type of signal.

I finally found a company who is actually headquartered in my hometown of Pikeville which is 2.5 hours away. They offered me DSL Internet but I had to also subscribe to a landline which I honestly hadn’t possessed since I was in high school.

So after all the frantic searching, I finally got our house set up and ready to settle in.

As I look back at that couple of weeks I spent frantically searching for a connection, it got me thinking about how the most important connection doesn’t require any type of special wires or satellite signal.

When you want to speak to God, all you have to do is pray. It doesn’t matter if you live in a big city or if you live in the boondocks, the connection is always available and always ready.

Psalms 145:18-19 says, “The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.”

It’s really something to think about how we spend loads of money on computers, phones and bills just to tell everyone on Facebook what we’re having for dinner, while the most important form of communication is absolutely free and accessible whenever and wherever we desire it.

Our God is the ultimate provider of our needs and is ready to connect when we call out.

Brad Hall is the nighttime editor for the Times-Tribune. He can be reached at