Almost 30 years ago a doctor told me my running days were over and that if I wanted to exercise, I needed to learn how to bike or swim.
I bought some swim goggles and jumped into a pool the next day, planning to swim between 45 minutes and an hour. I thought that would be enough time to get a really good workout. I swam and swam and swam. I swam until I couldn’t remember life before swimming. I finally looked up to check the clock to see how long I had been swimming. It had been 8 minutes. I climbed out, bought a bike and I’ve been cycling ever since.
Last week I was about 3 miles from my house when I realized I didn’t have my phone. I decided to go ahead and ride without it. I felt strangely vulnerable the entire ride. It wasn’t just that my phone would allow me to call someone if I had some sort of trouble. It was as if my phone somehow made me safer just by having it with me. Since I didn’t have my phone and I felt vulnerable I prayed. When I finally got back home I thanked God for a safe ride. It struck me that my phone had been giving me a sense of security that it really isn’t designed to give.
In Psalm 20 David says, “Some trust in horses and some trust in chariots, but we trust in the Lord our God.” Now David was a warrior. He knew the value of a good war horse, and I’m sure he was a lover of a good German-made chariot. He wasn’t saying that he would forever forego a horse or a chariot. He was saying that while he would use a horse, and even a chariot, he would never make the mistake of putting his trust in them.
It’s easy to begin to put our trust in our job security, our 401k, our medical coverage, or even our phone. It’s not bad to use any or all of those things. I will still tuck my phone in the back of my jersey before I head out for my next ride. But my phone isn’t what makes me secure. What makes me secure is I am held in the giant hand of the God of the heavens and the earth. And my phone doesn’t hold a candle to him.
So, I’m with David. I’m going to use all the gifts God gives, but my trust belongs to him alone.