I was driving to Abby’s soccer game when I began to panic. I yelled out a twisted moan.
“What’s wrong Mom,” Abby asked.
“It’s nothing. It’s just that I forgot my iPhone. And I don’t have time to go back home to get it.”
No, I wasn’t upset about not having the camera. (I’m not one of those moms that constantly takes video of my 8-year-old playing soccer.) My panic stemmed from the fact that I would be disconnected from the world for an entire hour. Maybe longer.
The problem is much deeper than I care to admit. I utterly felt naked without my iPhone. Like a part of my body was missing. Like I was missing.
Don’t ask me why I’m so addicted. But I am. If five minutes passes and I haven’t checked my texts and emails, I start to fidget. Plus, the soccer game is a perfect time to catch up all of those personal messages I’ve neglected all week.
Now, I am going to waste all that down time! What will I possibly do for one hour?
Believe it or not, I survived. I’ll tell you what I did.
Instead of sitting in my self-absorbed la la land, I actually talked to the other parents. I introduced myself to a few familiar faces and made several friends. I connected with my son’s former teacher who was thrilled to learn about Nick’s middle school experience. And I actually watched the game! It was no coincidence that Abby scored three goals – and I even saw them because I wasn’t staring at my phone!
Am I going to leave my iPhone behind on purpose next time?
Of course not. God knows I still have a long way to go – and I’m sure my obsession borders an unholy form of idolatry. But at least I know I can do it! With God’s grace, I can do it, and so can you!
God, I so much want your peace to fill my soul. Forgive me for letting technology get in the way of real relationships. Help me to unplug – even for an hour.
Have you ever forgotten your phone and panicked? If so, how did you fill the void?
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16.33