So, I’m away at a conference this week and on Monday morning before I left my daughter ran up to me and said, ‘Dad, before you go ..’. Can you guess what she said next?
‘I want you to know I will miss you’?
‘Don’t forget your toothbrush’?
‘Can you make me breakfast’?
What she actually said was,
‘Dad, before you go can you put the music on my phone’.
A bit of background.
We gave both my daughters phones for Christmas. The idea was they could use them as mp4 players and cameras and so the phones didn’t have any sim cards or any wifi connection.
Over the weekend, my oldest daughter decided she was going to make her phone connect to the internet. She had heard people talking about sim cards and so she searched her phone settings to find her card and when she came across a ‘memory card’, she selected the option to format it which erased everything on the card including all of her beloved music and the photographs and video she had taken.
We took her phone away from her and talked about why we didn’t want her accessing the internet on her own and that she could use the internet on the family computer downstairs. We also explained that she had deleted all of her music and that if she changed the settings in her phone she might break it. I also said that I would put her music back for her before we returned her phone.
She is due to get her phone back today and she wanted to check I had put the music on because she knew I wouldn’t be back home. Thankfully I had sorted it out already.
It would be really sad if my daughter only talked to me when she wanted stuff. Do we treat God that way?
God is interested in us and he wants to know us rather than for us to treat him like a vending machine.
I am so glad I had a backed up copy of the music and that I could so easily restore the music to her phone.
I give thanks that my heavenly father can restore things that appear broken and lost and that he is there helping us through painful times.
As I walked my daughter into school on Monday morning my daughter looked at me before she ran in and said ‘I’ll miss you’!
Now that is more like it 🙂