Last week, my husband and our boys headed out of town for five days of father-son time. Our girls and I also had some wonderful bonding, but we all needed a little “family-fix” to get through the long weekend. So the ladies drove a few hours to meet the guys for an overnight visit. Halfway into the journey, I glanced down at my phone, which I thought had been charging, and saw a skinny red line in the battery indicator. A few seconds later, I looked at the phone again just in time to watch it shut down, along with the GPS I was using to guide me to our destination, and my means of calling my husband for directions. I quickly plugged the phone in properly, anxiously hoping it would come back on before my (unknown to me) interstate exit.
For a moment, I felt a little like an astronaut floating untethered in space.
A little melodramatic, I know. (Watching Gravity a few weeks ago might have had something to do with it.) Really, I was not in any danger: I had a full tank of gas, it was broad daylight, and I knew the name of the place I was going, even if I didn’t know exactly how to get there. And the phone was off for only the length of about two radio songs. 😀 But for those two songs, I experienced the unfamiliar feeling of not knowing exactly where I was going AND having no way to call for help. (Because do they still have pay phones anywhere??)
But of course, I was not alone.
I kinda laughed at my melodramatic self as I remembered that a child of God is never “floating untethered.” Even without mobile phones, GPS, and other tethers like savings accounts and 401(k)s (which are all very nice to have!), she is always firmly in the Lord’s grasp. Sometimes she doesn’t realize it until she loses her tethers.
Are there any tethers to which you hold on extra tight? What verses remind you to hold on to Jesus?
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