“I really wish you’d take it. I understand what you’re saying, but I’d feel better if you took it along, Bill.”
Bill’s wife, Sally, turned and left the room, heading for the kitchen to see about the roast that was going to be their last meal together for several days.
Bill watched Sally walk down the hall, sighed, and continued putting things into his hiking backpack.
He finished putting in the pile of extra socks to protect his feet, then folded the top of the pack over. He sat down on the edge of the bed and looked at the other pile of objects on the night table - a compass, a small GPS gadget, and his cell phone. He put the compass and the GPS into the pocket of the backpack, then stared at the cell phone.
Bill leaned forward, hands on knees, and looked at the floor. Then he shifted his gaze to the ceiling. “I’m really getting the feeling, God, that it needs to be just You and me.”
Sally walked quietly back into the room and sat down next to him. She patted him on the knee. “I understand that you need time alone to reflect and talk things over with God, but I’d feel so much better if you took that phone up on the mountain with you.”
“Sally, you weren’t there those last few days at the fellowship. You don’t know how much I felt like my faith was being questioned by others, and myself. I’ve prayed a lot and I really feel that God is telling me that I need this solitude with just Him and me. I feel He really has answers for me and I can’t have any distractions.”
“But what if something happens to you...”
“Sally, sometimes it may seem scary because we’ve been conditioned to believe we can control everything with all of this technology. But I think that this is a time for me to get back to my basic faith in God. And I believe that’s what He’s trying to show me.”
Sally stood up and walked to the window. She looked out at the street below where the neighborhood children were playing street ball.
Bill stared at Sally’s back for awhile. Then he stood up and picked up the phone. He opened a drawer and placed it inside. “I’m going up on the mountain alone, Sally. God will take it from there. Come on. Let’s eat. I need a good meal before I leave in the morning.”
Sally turned away from the window and looked at the drawer, then at Bill. “Well, I guess it’s not for me to question. I will have to trust your feelings, and God, too.”
Bill held out his hand and grinned at her. “There you go. Besides, God’s been communicating with people for an awfully long time without cell phones.”
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