Like a circus performer on a tightrope, newly widowed Rita struggled with her phone and the key for the apartment while juggling a bulging bag of frozen vegetables in one hand and a tipsy sack of paper towels and napkins in the other.  What would it take to get in the groceries before the first snow fall?

I need a hotel-type luggage cart —or six teenaged boys.  No cart. The grandsons live  far away now.  I guess the only way left to do it is the hard way—two bags at a time.   

Day by day, she lamented the loss of her long-time sweetheart and husband.

I sure miss Sam! All those years, we had such a system. I shopped, he brought in the groceries and put them away for me. He helped me so much! So many ways I miss him!

Just as she managed to close the door and open the freezer, her cell phone rang. She finished the call, put away the frozen foods and headed downstairs for more of the sacks.

Collapsing in a chair an hour later, Rita felt a sense of accomplishment. I really did it myself this time!

But after a rest, Rita wondered as she looked at the bags on the counter, Where in all of this is my phone?

Another hour later, after much looking and not much else, she was frantic. “Elsie,” she asked her next door neighbor. “I can’t find my phone and I’ve looked everywhere. I think it’s in the apartment. Could you please call me?”

“Sure, Rita, anything to help! I’ll help you find it.”

Both could hear the muffled ring of the phone as soon as they entered Rita’s apartment.  Elsie followed her ears while Rita checked again under the sofa cushions.  Elsie opened the freezer. There between the green beans and the limas like a veggie and tech sandwich was Rita’s ringing phone. The device was like the Pony Express, getting the message out through rain, snow, hail, sleet, bandits and freezing temperatures.  But there’s something even better.

A universal cry worldwide for many may be “Where is my phone?”  With contracts, fees, contact information, schedules, reminders and internet capability, there is a real investment. Forgetting where the phone is may be added considered in the future as another list of crimes and punishment.

But more important than the phone is not forgetting God.  He looks to love us each day and help us with our needs.

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” [1 Peter 5:7] He never forgets, always cares and always remembers.

Where is God? He is as close as a whispered prayer or a thought. He’s even available on speed dial between the green beans and limas.  Keep in touch with the awesome Creator God with prayer, studying his words and guidance in the Bible and making each decision based on his guidelines. You’ll never be lost again, though your cell phone might be now and then.

[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and her recent Give Us This Day Our Daily Grin – A Fun-Lovers Guide to Spiritual Living and Growing now in print and e-book on Amazon Kindle and other e-formats Smashwords. She is author of several other books, including award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. Jo lives in northeast Arizona and writes a popular humorous weekly blog on her website,]


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Jo’s humor, inspirational stories, articles and devotionals have spanned more than 40 years, with several national writing contest awards for humor. She's a contributing author in Chicken Soup for the Soul—Shaping the New You and Heavenly Humor for the Dieter’s Soul.

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