I was confronted by my most used emojis.
Reference: “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Saviour, who daily bears our burdens.” Psalm 68:19 NIV
Explore: On my phone I have an emoji button that shows me all the different pictures I can send in messages. There’s a huge range from smiley faces, flags, flowers and more.
The clever thing about my phone is that it remembers the emojis I have used in the past and presents them at the beginning of all the images. That way I can easily find and access the emojis I use the most.
I was looking through that section of my messages the other day and was confronted by my most used emojis. Within my top 5 emojis I had a sad face, a crying face and a grief-stricken face.
Three negative expressions within my top 5 images!
It did sum up my last few months where I had broken my ankle, had it pinned, needed babysitters to assist me to look after my 4-month old and then got an infection in my wound!
And yet, I was recently challenged by Psalm 68 to stay positive towards God during times of trial.
Application: While Psalm 68 speaks of rejoicing and giving praise to God, it also speaks of the trials they were enduring from their enemies. The writer is saying “praise God” while dealing with some great challenges.
While we don’t have to ignore our real feelings I can acknowledge that God is great, even when I am weak. I have realised God’s grace even when I am enduring trials.
Life can be really confronting at times, but let’s not throw God in with all our sad emojis. He understands our burdens but He is not one of them.
When your life is filled with sad emojis may you remember that God is still present with you. And for that He is worthy of our praise.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your presence. May I not fear my future as I know You are there with me. Amen.
What emoji would represent your life at the moment?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.