An Unexpected, But Predictable Adventure
It’s Monday; it is a drippy gray Monday as well. Predictably, I had an adventure in aging.
An aging adventure is not always a wondrous journey, or even a fun outing. No, recently aging adventures have been little annoying reminders that limitations visit more frequently than expectations.
I could not find my cell phone – that’s like not being able to find my right hand.
Of, course, the ringer was turned off. (Because I forgot to turn it back on!) The vibrator, though was on – but my hearing is . . . ebbing (along with a few other things headed out to sea).
Calling my number, I finally discerned a muffled buzz. After half a dozen tries, I found it wrapped up in the comforter, where apparently it spent the night.
This was not a new adventure. I frequently misplace the phone, and have done so for years. But, this test, before I had coffee or quiet time, elevated my heart rate and frustration. (See Morning Musings)
Why was finding that more pressing than opening my Bible?
It’s as if the Lord were sitting at the dining room table and I was flitting about, hollering “Be there in a minute, I can’t find my phone!”
Seems like I still let the tyranny of the urgent rule, even as I am old enough to know better.
The moment you wake up each morning, all your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists in shoving it all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other, larger, stronger, quieter life coming flowing in. C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)
It’s a good thing that I am still in Proverbs. Misplacing my cell phone is nothing compared to losing sight of wisdom, described in Proverbs 4:6,20-21,27:
6Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you.
Love her, and she will guard you. [Even when I can’t hear clearly, or see well!]
. . .
20 [Barbara], pay attention to what I say.
Listen carefully to my words.
21 Don’t lose sight of them.
. . .
27 Don’t get sidetracked;
keep your feet from following evil.
And sometimes evil is nothing more than a pressing search for something I do not need now, and can find later.