cracked phoneMy new year literally started with a bang! On December 31st, my phone leaped out of my hand in an apparent dive of depression.

I picked it up immediately, not really expecting anything to be wrong. It had fallen on a carpeted floor, and I’d dropped it several times before without damage.

Well, this time was different. As soon as I turned it face-up and saw the Spiderman-strand cracks across the whole screen, my heart sank. It still works, but in a rather unusable way.

Anyways, I’m not here to whine and get sympathy. (Well, maybe a little.)

This accident actually taught me something, and right on time for the new year. First of all, don’t rely on yesterday’s plans or experiences too much. Today, things might just be different, and in fact probably will be. We need to go along day by day, being open to the new things God might bring into our lives, or we could find ourselves surprised and unprepared.

boy with phoneSecond, this taught me that in life, stuff happens. Life is by definition moving and changing. Maybe our Father allows these things because, in His wisdom, He knows they will make us better. We must never get discouraged when rough stuff is thrust into our face. Maybe we’ll overcome it in a glorious victory and see just how amazing our God is. Or maybe we’ll get hit hard by it, barely able to get up, feeling like we must have handled it wrong, and still see just how amazing our God is! Our future is sure and our help is constant.

So even if I’m seeing through a “glass unclearly” right now, I know for sure that “it will all be right at last.” (1 Corinthians 13:12)

Story courtesy of Activated magazine. Image 1 designed by macrovector/Freepik; Image 2 designed by Freepik.

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The Answer Man

boy using internetIf you use the Internet, you know what a quick and easy source of information it can be. Instead of trekking to a library to pore over stacks of books and other printed material to locate something, you can find what you need right by simply using an Internet search engine, typing a few keywords, and clicking “search.” Instantly, links to a multitude of websites related to whatever it is you’re looking for appear on your computer screen. Admittedly it is hit and miss, and you may still need to skim quite a bit of material to find the specifics you’re looking for—like you used to have to do with those stacks of books—but the Internet puts a world of information at your fingertips.

Wouldn’t it be great, though, if instead of merely supplying you with information, the Internet could actually solve your problems, answer your really deep questions, help organize and direct your daily life, and satisfy your emotional and spiritual needs?

GodThe Internet will never be able to do all those things, of course, but God can. Not only that, but God is even quicker and easier to access than the Internet because He included all the needed hardware and software when He created you. You can reach Him anytime, from anywhere, for free, and it’s never a hit-and-miss process. He always knows exactly what you need.

Text courtesy of Activated magazine. Used by permission. Art © TFI.