Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Shattered Screens

Life is messy.  It seldom comes in a tidy little box with a pretty bow on it.  Sometimes things happen that we don't understand; often very trivial.   For example, last week I dropped my phone on a hard concrete floor.  The screen shattered into tiny little pieces.  However, I promptly upgraded and ordered a brand new, even better, phone.  It arrived Friday.  As I opened up the box, I was impressed to see a beautiful CLEAR unshattered screen.  I handled it carefully and cautiously.  My family was very impressed with it's beautiful wide screen trimmed in white and coral.  I was very proud of it as well, until Sunday.  Sunday, at church, as I was digging for my gum in the bottom of my small purse, my phone seemed to take a leap out onto the floor landing facedown on concrete. I sat there, almost paralyzed, looking down at my new phone facedown on the floor.  I didn't want to pick it up because then I would see what I feared most; another shattered screen.  I took a deep breath and leaned over and quickly flipped it over.  My fear was confirmed;  my brand-new beautiful screen was shattered.  My two-day old phone had a nice big shattered screen!  Trivial I know!   However, life is filled with these types of things and after a little while, all these little things can add up to be a huge block to our joy and peace. Why?  Now,  I can see our world being rocked when we lose a loved one like I lost my Dad a couple of years ago.  On the other hand, how come we let these little things rock and control us so?

For me, the answer is tucked away in Philippians 4.  The whole chapter is amazing and reminds us the secret of true peace; thanking, trusting, and obeying God.  However, I want to zone in on verses 11-13: "Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.  I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength".  There it is!  Being content is being rooted in Christ.  He gives us the strength, joy, peace, and vision that we need.  HE is the one thing we MUST have.  He is our sustainer and strength.  If our worth or peace is based on things or people, we will be rocked back and forth on a sea of emotions.  On the other hand, if we are anchored with God, through the Holy Spirit, we will be able to look down at our shattered screen and say, "oh well, it's just a phone".  

I want to encourage you today to let God anchor your soul by His Spirit and His Word. Perhaps you can read all of Philippians 4 and let the words sink in.  It is only when we are grounded in Christ that trivial things stay trivial and we can choose to be content and thankful, no matter what. By the way, I have decided to keep my new phone as long as it works.  I want to use it as a reminder that God can take shattered things and use them to His glory; I know this well!