But God reassured him, “Easy now. Don’t panic. You won’t die.”
Judges 6:23 MSG
Middle of texting my bestie whom hadn’t had a phone in forever and my phone begins to act up. Ugh. My heart begins to beat a little faster. No. Don’t stop working. Phone starts barking codes and warnings. My heart races a little faster. Okay. Calming down I pressed the off button thinking it will reset my phone and stop the panic rising within me…nope. Just a blank white barely visible screen.
Now last time my phone was acting up I had an almost sheer out panic attack. I could not imagine being without it. What if my kids needed to get a hold of me? What if my dad fell and could not reach me? What if work was in need of me? What if. What if. What if. I was terrified to be disconnected. Not to mention what was I going to do with my spare time if I couldn’t play my games or scroll through my Facebook?
This time I was calmer and I discovered a few things. Even though I was under a small panic attack on the inside I discovered just how attached I had become to this hand held device. Time consuming. Life distraction. Focus thief. Disconnection device. Sorry…just calling my cell phone for what it is. I have become so wrapped up in the next event in my phone that I have been neglecting what is more important: LIFE.
So here are just 5 things I discovered while I went without a Cell phone for a mere 36 hours:
1. I still knew how to read an actual book. It felt so good to actual hold a book and physically flip through the pages as I learned new knowledge for life.
2. I could hear God more clearly. I could just sit in silence with no background noise and feel His Presence and hear His voice.
3. I could get more housework done. This might not seem like a plus aspect, however being distracted by Facebook and games I have neglected my duties as a wife.
4. No one died because my phone wasn’t working. No one needed me in a desperate manner in those 36 hours. Life actually still went on as my phone was silent.
5. Lastly I discovered a freedom that I had not know since the invention of the cell phone. I do not need my phone for survival. Life will continue to move forward. Accidents will still happen. People will still need each other and we can be found if needed some way.
So yesterday as I sat in the phone store and simply watched the lady open my phone up, remove the battery and bring life to my phone I was excited yet I was apprehensive. I didn’t want to become a slave to my phone again. I wanted the freedom I had without it yet I knew it was going to go have to be a slow detox. So I think I am almost ready to let this go. Almost. (as I sit waiting for church to start typing this blog entry on my revived cell phone).
Thank You for showing me that everything just goes on in life without being attached to my phone. Help me in the coming days to experience the freedom of unattachment from earthly devices and strengthen my attatchment to You. I long to dwell In Your Presence and hear Your voice.
In Jesus Name. Amen.