I have to admit, I really like my new iPhone. On Thanksgiving day, I dropped my old phone in the toilet. It said, “I just learned a new trick,” and then it died. I mourned the loss of my phone for several days. After all, it had been with me for many years–it was an iPhone 4–my original iPhone. I was very sad. I had lost a dear friend.
In early December, I started shopping for a new phone. In the end, I decided to splurge and buy an iPhone X. Considering that I had my old phone for so many years, I anticipate that this one will be with me for a long time. At least, that’s how I justified the expense.
One of the things I like about my iPhone is that I can sync it with other devices. It syncs with the Bluetooth in my car so that I can make and receive phone calls there. That is very handy at times. It is synced with my Fitbit. Amazingly, when I get texts or phone calls my Fitbit vibrates and I can read the text or the name and number of the person calling right on my Fitbit. That is also very handy because it means that I don’t have to keep my phone in my pocket. (That’s how my old one ended up in the toilet.) When I lost my Fitbit, an app on my phone helped me find it.
While my phone doesn’t have to be directly in contact with the other devices in order to sync, it must be within a certain proximity to work. This started me thinking about my relationship with my heavenly Father. It is necessary for me to sync with him every day in order for our relationship to work. If I get too far away, we can no longer be synced. When I get into troubled waters, I want to know that he is near, but also when things are going well, I like to share the good times with him, too.
So how do I stay in sync? One of the best parts of being retired is that I have more time for morning devotions. This is a very important way to start my day. It seemed that my devotions were getting a little stale. So I dug out the books from the Prayer and Life Workshop I participated in a few years ago. There is a prayer I say everyday. Some days, I struggle more than others to mean the words I say (especially that “I am ready for everything”), but I say them anyway. This is how I sync with God.
Prayer of Surrender
I surrender myself to you; do with me what you will, whatever you do, I thank you for it.
I am ready for everything, and I accept everything, provided that your will be done in me and in all your creatures. I desire nothing else, Oh my God.
I entrust my soul into your hands. I give it to you, my God, with all the love in my heart, because I love you, and it is a necessity to love you, to surrender myself to you, to entrust myself into your hands without measure, with infinite confidence, for you are my Father. Amen.