It’s funny how something like an iPhone can teach you about depravity.
Yesterday, my husband and I looked into switching carriers because of a current sale they had with one of the newer iPhones. To be honest, I wasn’t even researching the new one; this journey started with me looking into iPhones for someone else. But one way or another, it ended up with the goal being to leave the store with three new iPhones.
Instead, I left the store with a sense of just how depraved I truly am.
See, like most deals, there’s some fine print we tend to overlook. Due to the fine print, we weren’t going to be able to get the phones at the price I would have liked, which left us at two options; Get them anyway and just pay more or make an adult decision (since both of our phones work just fine and we’re saving up for other things) and leave them behind.
While I’m proud to say we did the “adult” thing, it left me with a sense of want. I had gotten used to the idea of having a new phone to discover, one with better cameras and what not, and here I was, leaving the store with the same phone I used to google the new phone deal in the first place.
I didn’t have a shiny new thing to enjoy. And it really sucked.
But I soon realized this wasn’t about the phone (again, mine works just fine). This was about distraction.
Distraction from frustration.
Distraction from anger.
Distraction from pain.
Distraction from loneliness.
Distraction from hurt.
I mean, the list goes on and on. If I continued, I’m sure one of those would eventually hit a nerve in your heart as well.
The truth is, sometimes we want a distraction from the fact that our reality isn’t quite what we want it to be.
What I tried to do is often referred to as “retail therapy”, but many things can be used to distract us; tv shows, movies, drinking, drugs, partying, vices, etc.
The end goal is always the same; Forget reality and get lost in something else.
But true healing doesn’t come from forgetting reality whenever you can afford to. It comes from knowing Christ and knowing that you won’t always have an answer for all of your “why’s” and “why not’s”, but trusting that He has a plan and has allowed (and not allowed) things for a reason.
One of my favorite worship songs is Rend Collective’s “Counting Every Blessing”. If you haven’t heard it, I encourage you to look it up. The main premise of the song is that we all, as children of God, have been blessed beyond all measure. Even through the trials, even through the tribulations, He has not left us. He is here to wipe away every single one of our tears.
He is there in the valley of shadows.
He is there in the depth of our sorrows.
He is our strength, our hope for tomorrow.
And we have been blessed beyond all measure.
“Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”
Matthew 7:9-11 ESV