Lessons Learned, and Applied!

In order for this to make any sense at all, I need to explain a few things relating to technology.  Sprint has a device called a MiFi that creates a personal wireless hotspot for laptop computers.  It bridges the gap between the cellular network, and computers and allows you to check e-mail and surf the web from anywhere you can get a cell signal.  Sprint’s new 4G phone, the HTC EVO does the same thing, on top of being a phone.  This 4G phone is about as popular in the Sprint world as the iPhone 4 is for AT&T.  When I went to get one to replace something that wasn’t working, I was 14th on a waiting list for the device.

Now I need to warn you, technology is about to turn into theology.  Yes, surprise surprise theology has something to say through technology if you’re looking for the application, and don’t dismiss life’s events as pure coincidence.

While it seems like just yesterday, it was probably more like several months ago now, Pastor Steve DeWitt spoke about hanging on to our possessions with a loose grip.  I remember thinking that this was one area of my life where I did a fairly decent job.  After all, what do I have that isn’t ultimately from God?  And, I won’t be able to take any of it with me when I die.

Time passed.  Then, Thursday I had the opportunity to give up “my” Sprint MiFi so the Coldstream team could take it with them.  Granted it wasn’t a very big sacrifice, because WiFi is in so many places.  But as is often the case, my thoughts turned to “what if we need it in the next couple of weeks?”  I chose the loose grip, but honestly it really wasn’t as easy as it should have been.  I resigned to trust God… novel thought, eh?

Then, Friday, I got a call from Sprint that the EVO phones had come in, and they had gotten to my name on the list.  How fortuitous was that?  If I was the only one involved, fortuitous indeed.  But I wasn’t.  God had a hand in it, and I got to have a front row seat for the show, namely, that he will provide in his way in his time.  Now, all I need to remember is to apply the “loose grip” to everything!  It really boils down to “who do you trust?”

How hard is it for you to hold on to the things God has given you with a loose grip?