Restoration

Today I decided to restore and update my phone. A little restoration just seemed like a good idea.
(Prepare yourself for some geek-talk. You can skip ahead if you like.)
I had 2.41 GB of “other” stored on my phone, and therefore had no room for more pictures or music. Google says the solution is to restore your phone, so I did. I tried to back it up first, but it didn’t work because my computer is out of disk space, but it had been backed up this morning on iCloud… yada yada… so I gave up on the back-up and just hit restore, but it restored with an old old old back up… yada yada… so I clicked “Start as New iPhone.”
(Resume English here…)
Don’t. Ever. Do this.
Yes, I fixed the free space problem on my phone. I cleared up so much space that it’s ridiculous. I now have about 4 GB freed up. It’s amazing how much crap your phone accumulates that you can get rid of.
It’s also amazing how much valuable stuff you lose when you click “restore”… Like the cell phone number for your boyfriend, who is away at basic training for the next three months. Or the text messages between you two that dated all the way back to before prom. Or the letter you wrote him that you drafted on your phone that inspires him on tough days.
Don’t restore your iPhone.
Now here I am, at 1 in the morning, crying over my phone. My phone! It’s just a thing. Things don’t mean anything. They’re just materials. It shouldn’t be a big deal.
It shouldn’t.
I should have just dealt with the lack of free space. No one needs space on their phone. I should have just let it be.
I should…
But worrying about shoulds and shouldn’ts won’t get me anywhere, will it? Sure, it shouldn’t be a big deal… but it is. And maybe I shouldn’t have opted for restoration… but I did. I have to take it and move on. Yah, I can be upset. But ultimately, it really is just a thing.
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21)
Sure, it’s nice to have 4 GB free on my phone now. Yah, it sucks majorly that I lost all of my text messages and notes. But really, none of that matters. This life is just the journey to the real deal. Phones and text messages and .mp3’s and extra GB… They won’t matter in heaven.
Dear God,
Grant me peace. In the long run, none of this really matters… Help me remember that.
Amen.

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