My phone company recently offered to upgrade my plan, which involved sending me a new device. I now have a smartphone, which works beautifully. I’ve been spending a lot of time with it in fact, quite bedazzled by its features.
Coincidentally, or perhaps not, I’ve been spending less time with God during the past week. I’ve felt distant from him. I’ve been ‘living in the moment’, racing from one thing to the next, not opening my heart to him much. I’ve missed the connection.
The other day, the phone escaped my clutches and its screen cracked on the concrete. It is still useable, but visibly flawed…
I was disappointed, but at the same time kind of relieved. I think I realized the phone had taken hold of a part of my heart. The part which seeks instant gratification. The part which just wants to pass the time. The part of me that wants to escape bringing my emotions, questions and concerns before God. Like many things, it was a grand distraction from the deeper issues that were calling me.
I am thankful for the times when ‘idols’ reveal their flaws. When they are exposed for what they are – just cheap imitations of the love and truth and joy an intimate relationship with God provides. Yes, God gives us many good things to enjoy. But when our primary vision is fixed on Jesus, there truly is no competition.
Psalm 18:30 reminds me:
“As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless.”
God is the only flawless reality in my life. The words he speaks are the complete truth – the real deal. Why spend all my time looking elsewhere when he really does give me all I need?