I’m still learning how to use my iPhone. Sometimes I want to scream in frustration and throw it out the window but at other times I’m really thankful to have it. Siri and I are becoming “besties.” She has revealed to me my lack of kindness and patience.
Recently I’ve learned something else.
My battery has been running down too quickly. A friend showed me that I simply had too many apps open and how to check this feature and delete them in order to conserve my battery. I didn’t even know this existed. By now you know I’m not techy. However with each tiny fumbling step I’m making slow progress.
As I looked at all those open apps clogging my phone I thought about my head. Often throughout my day I have too many apps open in my mind. Lists, multitasking, thoughts-some of which need to be sent to trash-and the sense of hurry, moving from one thing to the next. Most days I’m up early for a quiet time–a time set aside to be with the Lord, a time for prayer and Bible study. This time is crucial for me. Yet once I move from time alone with God into my day the apps in my head begin to pile up. It’s not intentional. Life is just full.
As this New Year begins I’ve asked the Lord to do three things in my life. One of them is to make me more of a listener. I want to listen to God throughout the day and not just early in the morning. I want to be sensitive to His gentle whispers, to praise Him spontaneously, to marvel at His creation, to really listen to a friend, to ask His wisdom before I blurt out advice. It is far too easy for me to race from one thing to the next without pausing to really listen to Him.
I need to close some mental apps and open listening ears. I’m not quite sure how to do this so I’m asking God to do this within me. To make me more sensitive to His presence in a deeper way throughout the day. To slow me down. To delete thoughts and plans that are not necessary. I want to respond to the Psalmist’s call:
“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
Learning my iPhone’s endless potential takes one step at a time. For me technology doesn’t happen quickly. There are so many more benefits of my iPhone that I’m not even aware exist.
Similarly learning to listen to God will not happen quickly either. I too will fumble step by step. But He is calling me and He will bring it to pass. Just anticipating the riches of His glory that I will experience is invigorating. He is truly the God of so much more.
Father, teach me how to listen.
“Faithful is He who calls you, He will bring it to pass.” 1Thessalonians 5:24