Monday, October 22, 2012

iPhone Face

Ever gone out and the person across from you looked like this:

Yeah. Worse part is, I’m sure I’ve resembled that picture myself. Ugh. It is all too easy when these phones do so much, making sure we’re always available to the entire world. And then it almost becomes a tick, you hear the ding that you got a new voice mail, or email, or text, or Facebook post…you try to ignore it, but you start to twitch, your eyes stray to your phone, and before you know it, it’s in your hand.

Don’t act like you’ve never been there.

I’ve worked really, really hard to break this habit, mainly because I hated being the recipient of it—it kinda makes you feel unimportant. So imagine my surprise when I was doing my Bible study the other day and God called me out for doing this to Him.

See, I’d slept in later than I should have, but still wanted to squeeze the time in. I sat at the kitchen table when the kids were in the kitchen. I answered questions, made breakfast, even got up to throw in a load of laundry…all the while “doing my Bible study”. (yeah, those quotes are me doing the little quote thing with my fingers.)

And as I sat back down after one more interruption, right then is when God gave me the picture of my distraction. There He sat, at the table I’d invited Him to, trying to talk with me, and I kept getting up and leaving. It was the equivalent to going out and having the person I'm with stick their phone in their face--something I'm pretty sure NONE of us like.

Yet, how often do we do that? Sit with God then give in to other distractions. Holding our finger up and saying, “Just one sec here, God. I need to handle this.”

Oh. There is so much wrong with that statement!

I need to handle? Just one sec? Ugh. And then we wonder why He’s so silent.

God has so much He wants to say to us. He loves us with a love that is beyond imagine. And He’s just sitting, waiting for us…and so often we walk away.

But here’s the thing. He’s still there, waiting. With His unfailing love.

So today I’ve got another challenge for you. If you don’t have quiet time with Him on a daily basis, carve out a moment for it—even if it’s only five minutes. And if you do, make sure you don’t let distractions interrupt that time.

And I’d love to know—any of you been on the giving or receiving of what I like to call iPhone Face?


  1. I've been on both ends! And I've been called out by God for literally checking my iPhone during OUR time. Eek.

    So glad that God always gives me undivided attention, even when I fail to do the same for Him.

    Great post!

    1. Eek! HA! Thanks for making me feel better;) I have to turn the thing completely off and flip it over so I can't see the screen!

  2. Yes, I've been on the receiving end of this, and definitely done this when I should have been giving God, probably other people, too, my full and undivided attention.

    It's hard sometimes because God doesn't demand our attention, but then that also makes it even worse. He won't make us pay attention, He will forgive us when we don't, and He will always be open when we realize what we've been doing. Your post totally hit home today, Susan! Thanks.

    1. You're so right, he doesn't demand it, just sits patiently and waits for us...I'm so glad He's patient. I need to learn from Him:)

  3. Oh my word, Susan, this is awesome. I have totally had those moments when I think, "Just a minute, God, I'll get to you next." And then usually I have a check in my spirit and know I've just had a totally idiotic thought.

    And yeah, I've been on both ends of the iPhone face. :)

    1. Ha - "totally idiotic thought",yep! I had one of those moments just yesterday. I love that He calls us on them, because quite honestly, they zing through my mind more than I'd care to admit. Love that He loves us enough to tap us and say "Did you JUST hear what you thought?"...HA!

  4. Same here, Susan, in fact I did this just this morning!! I used to spend my devotion/Bible reading time in bed when I first woke up. But we have a new schedule now, and I don't want to wake my hubby up. So I moved my devotion time to after the kids get on the bus. Most days it works fine, but I was a distracted mess this morning! Thanks for the reminder!!

  5. I'm trying a new schedule too, and if I stick to it, it typically goes well. Before that I found myself a distracted mess most mornings, so I can totally relate! Hope your Monday is smooth sailing now!:)

  6. Well thank you for this bit of conviction at the end of the day, Susan.
    But if friends can't convict friends ... speak truth to them ... well, then who can?
    Actually, I'm reading a book by Henri Nouwen (I love Henri Nouwen's writing) -- and it's a compilation on his thoughts on prayer. Alot of it deals with the need for solitude. Good stuff. Thought provoking. Ties in to this.
    So, yeah, you and Henri have me thinking.

  7. Ha! I have a 19 year old son, of course I've received the iphone face.

    This morning I overslept (Eating Special K while reading your blog & had to comment.) That extra sleep will drastically cut into my quiet time with God. So your post really got to me this morning as I try to squeeze everything in to my limited time.

    Thanks for the reminder that I need to put God first.

    Have a great day!

  8. Ah, Susan! You write such great posts! Love the gentle reminder of being with Him, and not being distracted, and how that obviously applies to the people we're *with* on a daily basis.

    I've been on the giving and receiving end of iPhone face, but mostly the receiving end . . . especially with my two teenage daughters. I try to keep mine put away when we get together with family (though I didn't when I first got it).

    Hope you have a great week!

  9. I've been on the receiving end of the "iphone face," but I do not have a smart phone. I have also been on the giving end with the Lord as you described. Good analogy! Will definitely remember this one. Thanks for the challenge!