My husband and I decided to go out to dinner. I wasn’t in the mood to cook so I was grateful that he suggested going to a restaurant.
It was 5 o’clock, on a dark, January day, and we needed to get our toddler ready. We were hungry and anxious to get to the restaurant. And with all the running around, somewhere between getting the bag replenished and getting our energetic toddler into his car seat, we misplaced the Kindle.
Of course, we didn’t realize it was missing until we got home. Husband stated that he handed it to me and I said, “nope”. We retraced our footsteps and that didn’t help. We tried to solve this mystery.
It was a case of “where in the world is the Kindle”?
Days passed and we continued to search for it. Maybe the toddler hid it? Maybe it was in the car? Or maybe we dropped it in our “parking lot” (that’s what I call our driveway!)?
Let’s fast forward a few days (maybe 2 or 3? I can’t remember now!).
As I was driving with my mom and my rambunctious toddler, I noticed a white, mid-sized vehicle driving close to my car. (That is irritating!) However, I didn’t know what was about to unfold. I questioned, “What is going on with the driver? Is she okay?”
I pull into my driveway, I glance in my rear-view mirror and she is parking in my driveway, too.
I step out of my vehicle, in wonderment and I ask her, “Is everything all right?” She says, “You have a tablet sitting on your window. I’ve tried to get your attention.”
Of course, I laughed. Then, I thanked her. Feeling foolish.
Mystery solved! She found the Kindle.
This is what I believe happened– While my husband was placing our son into his car seat, on the evening we went to dinner, he placed the tablet in the space between the rear window and the trunk. It’s the small space that you have to dig into when it snows. Yup. That small space was what saved the Kindle from meeting its end. Obviously, he forgot to retrieve it.
Then I thought, “Hmm, this Kindle survived our trip to the restaurant, into and unnamed town (has a bad rep) and it didn’t get stolen. It survived my trips to the grocery stores and work and snow showers. And I didn’t notice it sitting against the window.”
This led me to meditate–we can be so distracted by all that is going on in our lives that we aren’t present or “in the moment”. We are surviving, but not functioning at our best.
We tend to worry about every-day-life and we forget what Matthew 6:25-26 says:
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”.
Scripture tells us not to worry and that God will take care of our needs. But we don’t do that.
Exhausted from our work week. Drained by all the negativity in the media. Unsure of how we will pay this bill or the next. Tired of the gossip. The teenager doesn’t listen. The spouse doesn’t care anymore. The best friend betrayed me.
Just like the Kindle, we are holding on to dear life and we fail to remember that we aren’t alone. God is still there. Waiting for us to talk to Him.
But, if we cannot slow down, when will we have time to spend with God? How will we hear God’s voice? When will we give Him our worries?
We need to learn to “stop and smell the roses”. We need to learn to trust Jesus with everything. That means our day, our household, our family, our work etc.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Giving all our worries to our Creator is a good thing. He can work on resolving all those problems and working it out all for our own good. He knows best.
“And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Romans 8:27-29; KJV
Distractions and worries are robbing us from living a full life in Christ. God tells us, through His Word, not to worry because He provides for our needs, to trust Him with everything because He will work it out for our own good.
Ps. I am happy to report that the Kindle functions. Not at 100%, but it does. Hubby bought me an iPad mini.