Do you find yourself spending a lot of time looking for things? About two months ago my husband lost his cell phone–in our house. Yes, it’s true. What’s the first thing you do when you lose your cell phone? You already know the answer. That’s because you’ve lost your cell phone before. This is not a unique situation. The answer is you call your number. Right? But what do you do if the battery has died? You begin looking everywhere you know to look, hoping you’ll eventually discover its hiding place. Then you laugh at yourself and make a grand announcement to your spouse, your kids, your neighbors, your relatives in other states, and even your pets that you’ve found your phone. Voila!
That’s the way the story is supposed to go. Right? Well, what if you never find the phone. Then what do you do? You guessed it, you begin looking at your insurance policy to see if lost phones are covered. Once you realize that you chose not to take out insurance on your phone, you begin thinking about the consequences of the loss. Contacts have been lost, appointments have been forgotten, and of course, you begin the dreaded pains of Facebook withdrawal. Ugh! You realize you have to buy another phone–immediately. Well, as soon as you’ve finished hearing your spouse or friends ask that agonizing question: How on earth did you lose your phone in the house? Nothing like being beat down by those “encouraging” words. The truth of the matter is you’re not satisfied until the phone is found or replaced. And if you have to buy a new phone, you still mourn the loss of the old one, hoping one day to find it.
Losing one’s phone is a common occurrence. I saw you nodding in agreement when you read the first two paragraphs of this story. Yeah you’re in “Lost Phones Anonymous” with my husband and so many others. If you haven’t been included yet, don’t be too cocky. Your turn (and mine) may be closer than we think.
What else have you lost in the past? Too often we lose our focus on God. We get super busy with our “To Do” list and gradually push God aside. The sad thing about that is we often don’t even realize we’re loss until we begin feeling the consequences: frustration, loneliness, and despair. We look around at external things, hoping to satisfy our longing: our favorite TV shows, our friends, our jobs, money, food, and even exercise. None of these things are evil within themselves. The problem comes when they’re used as substitutes for a meaningful relationship with God. And that’s found by living in His presence.
Spending time with God is the remedy for feeling like you’re on an island. When is the last time you slowed down, found a special place and basked in His presence. In fact, you might be saying, “I just don’t have time.” If that’s the case, it’s time, right now. Look up, take a deep breath, and let go of your worries. Then ask Him to fill you with renewed life. Jesus said, in the book of John, “I am the way, the Truth, and the Life.” I AM . Right now. In this moment. Where you are. As you are. HE IS! Hallelujah!
Hear Him say, “Welcome, son or daughter. You were lost (for a while) but now you’re found. I’ve missed you. I love you.” It’s time to throw a party!