My husband has just shown me a great new app for my phone. It downloads any podcasts you would like to listen to as they become available.
It can notify you when the podcasts are available and you can subscribe to many different podcasts at the same time.
All of these features are great, but there was one feature that stood out to me above all the others. You can speed the podcast up!
This is done in two ways:
1. You can shorten silences. This means the app will detect any silent space in the podcast and remove them before it plays the audio back to you. Whenever there is a pause or an intake or breath, this app removes the silence to keep the audio running along. While this isn’t going to save hours to your listening, it does add up by the end of a sixty minute podcast.
2. You can speed up audio. You could just speed it up a little, making the audio just slightly faster than real time. Or you can speed the audio up to 3 times the speed of real life! Clearly this makes quite a difference to your listening time, but also means your brain needs to be fairly quick to take in a great deal of information in a shorter period of time.
These ways of speeding up the audio does remove the dramatic effect of the podcast, but the information is the same in a shorter period of time.
To begin with I thought this was a brilliant idea but the more I think about it the more ashamed I am of our society today! Are we so time poor these days that we can’t even listen to audio in real time? Am I so impatient that I’m more than happy to take all dramatic effect out of my listening entertainment?
This seems so contrary to how God would have us live. He asks us to be still. Nowhere in scripture does He tell us to hurry up or just get on with it. He has a totally different concept of time. That maybe easier to have when you’ve been around for an eternity.
I think we’re so focussed on what this world holds for us that we forget we are also bound to an eternity. I don’t think in Heaven we’ll require an app to make things go more quickly.
To be honest, I’m no saint. I’ll probably still use the quickening ability on my podcast app. But hopefully every time I speed up some audio I’m reminded that God does not rush. He is not quick to anger. He doesn’t easily brush people aside. He is patient. He is ever present.
And that’s what we should aspire to be like as well.
How much do you feel you need to rush through life?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.