Panic sets in when I can’t find my cell phone. I dig through my purse like a lunatic, tossing out items in search of one small rectangular object. My moment of madness passes once I get a glimpse of it buried at the bottom of my bag.
And how about those two words in the upper corner…NO SERVICE. They drive me nuts. But that’s what happened to me at the gym recently.
For a half hour, I had no connection to the outside world.
NO SERVICE. A nuisance more than anything, I suppose.
Once I stopped obsessing over it, I realized how much I depend on something so small, as if I couldn’t get through life without it. So what if it didn’t work? More times than not, it serves as a distraction. Maybe I’m showing my age.
Ironically, my teenage son asked me last week how my generation got through life without cell phones.
He made it sound like I was from the prehistoric age.
How did we get by? Easy.
We talked to our friends on the landline phone in the kitchen. When our car broke down, we’d walk to a business or house and ask to use the phone to call a tow truck (been there, done that). We didn’t overload our brains with a bunch of useless information the second it hit the masses. We got news updates during the noon or six o’clock news. Believe it or not, there was something called a newspaper we read from time to time. And we carried on conversations using our mouths, not our fingers.
Sure, things may have been a little slower way back then. But we survived.
But it also got me thinking how God never puts up the NO SERVICE sign. He is available 24/7. He never shuts down. He never takes a break. He doesn’t go on vacation. He never says, “I’ll get to you later.”
God’s line of communication is always working. And while He is waiting on us, we tend to be the ones lacking in the service department.
One of the many promises God has made is found in Hebrews 13:5.
“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
This is our guarantee that we can always depend on God because He isn’t nor has been or will ever be a liar.
When we find ourselves stuck in the middle of one of life’s storms, we aren’t alone. I know sometimes if feels that way, I’ve felt it too. Our flesh likes to try to trick our mind.
But we should always remember that though we may struggle, battle, and face challenges, God never puts up the NO SERVICE sign.