Do I Depend on God as Much as My iPhone?

Depend on God
Realizing How Much I Depend on My Phone

I lost my iPhone yesterday afternoon. Ouch. I left it in the restroom at Von’s. It took less than ten minutes for me to realize I didn’t have it, emptying my purse three times and patting my pockets over and over. As soon as I knew it was definitely gone, I raced back, muttering reassurances. It’s Ok, I told myself. A locked bathroom, needing the florist to use a code to open the door; it’ll be there.

But it wasn’t. “A lot of people were in there,” the florist told me. “Try the front desk.”

No phone turned in.

Even though I knew I used it in Von’s, after all, I used the Von’s app to check off my list while I shopped, I trotted down to Office Depot. Just in case.

No phone there either.

Suddenly I realized just how much I depend on my phone. My whole life is on there. Precious photos of family, contacts, calendar, email, my joy/gratitude journal, and on and on. I’m sure you know. Obviously, I couldn’t live without my phone.

Next stop, Verizon. I hoped maybe they could ping it, help me find it. Of course not. That only works on TV. “Nobody turns in iPhones,” Maria, my customer service rep said. “They’re too valuable.”

And so, I take a deep breath, and do the only thing I can. Buy a new phone. It takes a long time to set up a new phone and without it, I felt helpless. I couldn’t even call Van to tell him I’d be late.

Without my phone, I felt incomplete, inefficient, a little lost. I needed it to do daily business successfully. As I sat and waited for my new phone to be get ready, I couldn’t help but wonder, Do I depend on God as much as I do my phone? 

Depend on God

I can lose my phone, but I never have to be without God; He is always present and longs to be with me. But I can ignore Him. Turn Him to silent. I must choose to draw near to God. Before I do anything else, I need to set the tone of the day by spending time in His Word and talking to Him in prayer. I can’t leave Him at home, sitting on my desk, waiting for my return. He goes wherever I go, as long as I keep my eyes fixed on Him. Depend on Him.


There was nothing I could do to speed up the process of setting up my phone.  All I could do was wait for it to finish loading. Impatience added angst. Without my phone, I couldn’t do anything except wait. I didn’t want to, but I had no choice. I can’t hurry God, either. His timing is perfect, and I can’t rush Him. The only way to true peace is to completely depend on His perfect timing.

Linking today with Writer Wednesday, Woman to Woman, Porch Stories, Coffee for Your Heart, Chasing Community, Heart Encouragement, Tune-in Thursday, Salt and Light  Faith on Fire, Fresh Market Friday, Dance with Jesus

Author: Debbie Putman

I am a child of God, seeking to trust Him in every joy and sorrow. Sharing my walk is my husband, Van. God blessed me with two beautiful daughters and three delightful grandchildren. I teach seventh grade English and History, love to read and bake cookies, watch the birds in my backyard, and the ocean.

14 thoughts on “Do I Depend on God as Much as My iPhone?”

  1. bless you! been there and I too am way over dependent on my phone. I mean, what did our mothers do w/o one??? hmm…great post – almost hyperventilated along with you in Vons…

  2. Great Post and a great reminder to draw our strength and security from our Lord. I switched phones recently and there is a steep learning curve transitioning from an iphone to an android. I feel so disconnected from people – because it is soooo challenging to use my phone that I just forgo communication. It’s a great analogy – to what I do with the Lord and how closely I cling…. Thanks!

  3. Oooh, Ouch indeed. I’m sorry, Debbie. Can you believe there was a day (not that long ago) when we didn’t have cell/mobile phones? I’m only 46 and I never had a cell phone until I was married with children. (And, even then, I only got a “smart” phone a few years ago.) Such a good reminder to depend on God more than we do our phones. Sounds silly to say, but — how true it is. Thanks for sharing, Debbie. And, congrats for winning the #ChasingCommunity drawing this month! 🙂 ((hug))

    1. When my husband and I got married forty years ago, we had an answering machine that was really a tape recorder. That was the first time anyone could leave a message. Before then, if you missed a call, they had to call you back or you’d never know! It was a simpler, less instant time. Thanks for the drawing! You’re a sweetie!

    1. Ellen, I think most of us depend on our phones. They’ve become pretty necessary. The phone is a tool. We just need to remember to depend on God for our source of strength and to keep us focused on what is truly important in our lives.

  4. Hi Debbie! so sorry to know you lost your i phone. Thanks for this beautiful reminder of dependence on God more than anything else. Many blessings to you! I am your neighbor at # Tell His story link up.

    1. Thanks, Elizabeth. Just like I need to double-check and make sure I don’t leave God behind when I race out of the house, I need to double-check and make sure I have my phone before I race off to the next errand!

  5. Oh, I’m sorry you lost your phone. Nowadays they have so much personal info on them. I guess we don’t realize how much we depend on them until they are missing. Your questions is thought provoking and a good reminder to trust only in God, who never leaves and never fails. His timing is always right. I am thankful He will never leave and I pray that we will remember that He is the One who gives us strength and sustains our lives.

    Blessings to you, Debbie. I’m your neighbor at #porchstories.

    1. I have to admit, I’ve wanted to upgrade my phone . . . even though I didn’t need to. But I really didn’t want to spend the money since I didn’t have to. This forced my hand. But the lesson about depending on God was well worth it.

Thank you for joining me on my journey with God in uncharted water. Please let me know how He is working in your life.