So…I was trying to leave work Monday night…already an hour later than I had anticipated…coat and bag in hand…personal and work cell phones in my hand…and just like that, my personal cell phone slipped out of my hand. And landed on the floor. Against my desk. With a cracked screen and a blurred image staring back at me.
You know it’s not a good sign when twenty minutes later, the Verizon man shakes his head and says, “It’s not good.” Cracked internal LED screen. Nope, not good. I used it as much as I could Monday night, moving my apps to the bottom half of my phone. By morning, the phone screen had faded to mostly black.
Besides being able to call my best friend and husband only because I have their face location on my speed dial memorized, my phone is useless.
I am feeling a little disconnected.
And, I have to admit, I realize how dependent I have become on my phone. Instant connection right at my fingertips. I remember thinking just this weekend…wow, I’ve been on this phone a lot…doing mindless stuff. It’s like when I have any free space…waiting for an appointment, right before I fall asleep…it’s there in my hands.
I find that a little disconcerting.
I believe God can use anything to speak truth to us. I believe there is a message in everything if we will but listen.
This disconnect I feel may just be a blessing. It’s an opportunity to trust God with providing the means to fix my phone. It’s an opportunity to step back and reflect on my dependency on my phone…it’s not a good thing.
Yes, I am going to get my phone fixed. We have the part ordered, and by this time tomorrow night, I should have my phone back good as new. I promise you, though, I will be more mindful how often I pick it up and use it.
I need to be more disconnected from the world and more connected to His Word.
The last thing I should do before bed is read the Word, pray, thank God for the day….
The moments of waiting for an appointment….an opportunity to pray…
As a society we are so dependent on our technology…right at our fingertips. We are always connected. This sabbatical from the connectedness, is well, not such a bad thing.
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12:2 The Message