HERE’S THE MORAL of the story, first:
Don’t be messing with your iPhone during prayer.
My Bible study group had just enjoyed a wonderful Mother’s Day Bible study this past Sunday.
Two gentlemen in the class tag-teamed to lead our session. They did a great job.
By session’s end, they deserved applause. They would get laughter.
They helped us consider the endearing topic of mothers. We read and discussed the stories of Sarah, Hannah, and Elizabeth – all women who had been infertile until God blessed them each with a son.
We talked about the role of women in Bible times and today.
We also talked about how difficult Mother’s Day can be for couples who have not had children. We had a wonderful discussion about how couples without children are more available to help children in troubled circumstances – and to minister in many other ways that couples with children are unable to do because of time constraints and limited finances; kids are time-consuming and expensive.
At session’s and, one of the gentlemen leading the class closed our study with a tender prayer of tribute to the mothers in our class and the mothers in our lives.
Sad to admit, while he was praying I checked my iPhone for a message I expected from my son.
My son and his wife along with my daughter and her fiancé were coming over to our house after church – a Mother’s Day luncheon.
I would love to say I was checking my iPhone for details about Mother’s Day. It might not seem quite so offensive for me to be doing that during prayer.
Again, sad to admit, I wasn’t looking for a message about Mother’s Day.
I was looking for a message about Star Trek.
Since the movie “Star Trek: First Contact” (1996), my son and I have gone together on the opening weekend to watch each of the Star Trek movies:
- “Insurrection” (1998). Nicely done.
- “Nemesis” (2002). What were they thinking?
- “Star Trek” (2009). Obliterated the mythology of the series, trashing the history. Captivating movie, though, especially for anyone who knew nothing about Star Trek.
- “Star Trek into Darkness” (this week).
My son and I had been trying to figure out the best time to go.
Back to the Bible study’s closing prayer…
As the gentlemen in our class wrapped up and began to speak his “Amen,” I hit what I thought was the button on my iPhone to clear the screen.
It activated Siri.
She seemed to speak for God – in a motherly voice:
“Sorry, I didn’t quite get that.”
PS: Here’s a fun fact. Did you know that if you’re someone who turns red easily – as I am – you are more prone to develop rosacea, that ugly swelling on the nose and cheeks? My dermatologist told me that.