A World without walls
everyday life while homeschooling overseas
About a week ago, I misplaced my phone. I had it with me all day while the kids and I did school. I never left my house. No one came to my house. I cleaned off the living room table before our Arabic class that afternoon, and haven't seen it since. I tried calling it, but the battery had died. I've looked in every known and unknown spot. I went through the trash piece by piece. I did all the laundry. We put away all the Christmas stuff. No phone. At first, I was super upset. I couldn't concentrate or focus--my brain was missing! Then, I sat down to write a talk I was giving in church in a few days and had an epiphany.
The talk was titled "No Other Gods". I realized that my phone had become almost like an idol, if you will. I was depending on it far too much. It's a super fun little gadget and does so much, that I quickly depended on it for all my info and my daily activities. Much more than I should have been. It was an eye-opener to me as I sat down to write this talk with devastation in my heart.
I still feel upset by the fact that it's still lost. It boggles my mind, as it just HAS to be here somewhere! In the meantime, I've made peace with the fact that I may not find it. Maybe God is trying to tell me something. I hope I'm listening and will learn a valuable lesson. It's funny--I keep thinking to myself: "Ok, Heavenly Father, I've learned my lesson. I won't let my phone take over my life and keep my from my personal relationship with you. You can show me where it is now. I'm ready." Thus far, He says no. And now, I'm ok with that.
I'm thinking this partly came as a teaching moment for me, and partly because I was really praying that I could have some current experiences with the topic of my talk so that the spirit would be there and people would be able to relate and learn something from my talk. I know people listened. I'm pretty sure I learned more than anyone else did, but such is the nature of giving talks or teaching lessons. The teacher always gains more.
I haven't TOTALLY given up on my poor, sad, and lonely phone. Maybe we'll find it when we pack out...or unpack at our next post...
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