In high school, not very long ago mind you, there weren’t many smart phones out. In the area I grew up in, your parents were doing pretty well if you had one. Instead, the bulk of us had those cheap, prepaid flip phones. You know the ones you got at Walmart. They were blue, the more expensive ones were silver. About 96% of us, who had phones, had one of these.
What I remember most about these phones is something that I don’t even think my iPhone 8 has the ability to do. In the text messages of these flip phones, there was the capability to “lock” a text. Locking a text ensured that that text couldn’t be easily deleted, and it would stay on your phone until you decided you wanted to unlock, and delete it. This was probably the equivalent to what we call today a “screenshot”. Locking the text enabled you to always have that text for your records.
When you’re in troubled, struggling, depressed, mad, exhausted, do you have records? In the text thread of your own understanding have you locked away valuable verses that you can read or say?
For me, text messages can do a lot. I try to use this positively. I like to savor things. Especially those sweet, caring text that my boyfriend sends. Or those meaningful conversations I have with him, a friend, or a family member. Being realistic, when I am discouraged, or confused, I can easily look at a screenshot of a message my boyfriend has sent that encourages me, or makes me feel better about what I’m doing. Maybe its a girl thing. Maybe its a me thing. I’m not sure, but hopefully you get my point.
So when you need that something extra, and God’s voice isn’t becoming apparent quick enough, or you don’t have that experience of feeling of His presence quickly enough, what do you do? Keeping a mental note of scriptures that pertain to the thing you go through is important. In those times, that’s where you find your encouragement. That’s where you pull your arsenal from to fight the enemy when he thinks he is catching you off guard. Write things down as God speaks to you. I keep a notebook that I use when I pray, so when God speaks, I’m ready to write it down. So when the enemy throws something my way I remember “no, God you said this was going to happen and I know Your Word won’t return to you void.”
Take the time as you begin to form the habit of reading and praying more, try to retain as much as possible. Be aware of the voice of God, and “lock in” those revelations He shares with you, this is how you will be able to encourage yourself when it “feels” like God is far away.