I’m having trouble with my new iPhone. A particularly vexing problem because I use the phone all day long for work. I contacted Apple Support, but the first suggestion could not be attempted until my phone was backed up.

I’d never backed up my phone, so I had to grapple with the iCloud, only to learn that process was going to take more time than I had available. Instead, I opted for backing it up to my computer – and discovered I didn’t have enough room on the hard drive for the process. As I fumed and scrolled, I discovered kilobyte upon megabyte of data I no longer needed, which was occupying and slowing down my computer.

While I deleted file after file, some from projects I barely remembered, I wondered how long it had been since I’d thoroughly backed up my soul. How long had it been since I plugged in completely to the Lord and let Him strip away all the garbage, giving me the space and the freedom to work more efficiently as His child? How much useless information, pain, and burden was I dragging around with me because I haven’t not taken the time to connect with Him in an intentional way?

We try to tell ourselves we have all the power and capacity we need to handle whatever the world downloads on us, but we cannot do it alone. We should not do it alone. Our Father is the true source of power, of clarity and strength, and He offers it to us in limitless supply. He gives us backup for our hearts, so they are never burdened, and for our souls, so they are always free. All He asks is that we connect with Him in faith and love, and learn to run by His operating system.

Let us seek out the ways to connect with Him – in prayer, in praise, in reflection on His Word, in service for His Kingdom. And let us give thanks for the power and freedom we receive.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

Proverbs 3:5-6