Sun., Aug. 5, 2018
Proverbs 24:12 – For God, who knows all hearts, knows yours, and he knows you knew! And he will reward everyone according to his deeds.
Saturday turned out completely different from what I expected.
I didn’t wake up thinking, “Today, I’m going to get a new cell phone.”
But this is what happened.
Hubby Rick and I were taking in a water ski show in a nearby community. We arrived in the park and planted out lawn chairs just as the show began. Part way through the hour-long show, I checked my cell phone. It seemed to be on, but the screen remained black. Not a thing showing.
I checked later. Same thing.
And again later. No change.
My phone was not new. I’ve had it several years. A couple years ago, I accidently dropped it. While the backside cracked, I put it into a wallet phone case and no one ever knew the difference. Business as usual!
After the show, Rick called my phone. It rang, and I could see something on the screen, but it flashed in and out. It was different colors. It didn’t last long. There was a serious problem with my phone.
Afraid of losing all the information stored on my phone, later, we headed to the cell phone company. A nice man told me said something was wrong with the screen. The cell phone company could not fix it. I could take it 30 minutes away and try to get it fixed. Or, he could see what might be available at the store.
About 90 minutes later, I walked out with basically a new phone. Someone purchased this phone and returned it within the 15-day grace period. Because of this, it was marked down and is now my “new” phone.
Relatively new technology allows for transfer of date from one phone to another phone to be super easy … if both phones work. For a few minutes, my old phone behaved, and the new phone was able to get a remarkable amount of information from my old phone. All my contacts, photos, text messages (yes, all 10,000+ of them!). This information transferred relatively quickly to the new phone. The nice man said it was a good idea we got to the store so quickly. This allowed for so much information to be transferred.
It was daunting to realize how much information was on this 3” x 6” piece of equipment. Basically, it contains more information about me than any other source.
The one exception? God. God knows more about us than we know about ourselves. Amazingly, God doesn’t forget the three different passwords for the three different e-mail accounts we have messed up. God distinguishes us from others who might look somewhat like us. No scrolling is necessary for God to determine if everything is there or something is missing.
The good news? Before the information was transferred, the nice man asked if there were any apps or programs that I didn’t want transferred to the new phone. I could not have them transferred. I chose a few, including the scrabble app I sometimes play.
In the grand scheme of things, getting a different phone was relatively easy. Is this what I had planned? No. But this is what happens in every day life. We choose whether to let one little bump in the road upset our day or if we can let it be a teachable lesson for our benefit.
I’m going to let this teachable moment remind me how God keeps track of all the information on me and a bazillion people. I don’t have to wonder if God remembers something about me. God knows it. I can’t imagine everything God knows about you, me and every other person, past and present. It really is quite remarkable and amazing.
For God’s knowledge of me and everyone else, I am grateful.
Almighty God – it’s easy to forget just how much information you have on all of us. No file transfer is necessary. It’s already there. Thanks for carefully handling all this information. Amen.
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