So, I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! I can say that I had a memorable one. It was first frustrating then it became hilarious, then it was thankfulness. I will share with you all my journey towards Christmas.
It all started on Christmas Eve. I got the kids to bed, which took a while, since they were so excited about Christmas and the presents that Santa would get them. The anticipation kept them up. But they went to bed peacefully, and I made sure that they were sound asleep. I crept downstairs and started to get all the gifts read to be wrapped.
I get all the presents that Eunkyung and I hid down in the basement, scattered them all around the tree. I went up the attic to get all the gift wrapping material, scissors, tape, and bows. I am trying my best not to make any noise, because I don’t want to wake up the kids. I got downstairs, with no issue, until my foot caught itself on the floor. I lost my balance and I tried to regain my balance by making a quick step, but that step proved to be a disaster.
I stepped directly on top of my iPhone. Yeah, my phone was on the ground, and of all the places I could step on the floor, just happened to be the one place that my poor phone was occupying. All I heard next was the sound of snow crunching, which was odd, because there is no snow inside the house. But that wasn’t snow, it was my phone getting crushed in millions of glass pieces.
I stepped down so hard on my phone that it not only broke the entire front of the phone, but also the back. It was shattered, front and back. I was furious at myself! But I couldn’t yell or scream, so I just bottled it all up, and with nothing I could do, just wraps the gifts in grief!
Christmas morning, and I got zero sleep, still feeling sad about the incident that my lead foot met a fragile iPhone. Kids opened up the gifts and I tell Eunkyung that I am done with cell phones. 2021 was a rotten year with me and electronics. I had broken my other phone, then my computer broke and no once again, I broke another phone. I told Eunkyung no more cell phones for me, I am obviously not responsible enough to handle any kind of electronical device.
Eunkyung just stared at me and said, you are going to have to open your Christmas present, I think you might just lose it. What could it be?
She gave me a wireless iPhone charger. Nice. I stared at it, and started to cry with laughter. I felt this feeling of joy suddenly. I laughed and laughed and laughed. She gave me a wireless charger because she knew how much I always complain about those darn, annoying cell phone charging wires, which always get tangled and just keep getting in the way or just get’s lost.
So, I guess I am getting yet another iPhone!
This story for me is all abut how God has a sense of humor and how God can really transform rage into joy. It is all about how funny life circumstances could really be. I am so thankful for this strange experience. And yeah it still hurts I have to spend an insane amount of money on a new phone, but that’s OK, I made peace with that. God has given me a Christmas to remember.
Honestly, iPhone is just stuff anyways, it’s a material item that is useful on earth, but can’t take it with me to heaven. Money spent on items, is just money, it doesn’t mean much and spending it, using it, or sometimes feel like wasting it won’t give you any more or less joy. Joy is found in the experiences we have, regardless of it being an experience of pain or happiness, and sometimes those life experiences hold both pain and happiness simultaneously; you just have to realize it, believe it, and actualize it.
Hey this is Rev. Brian Choi's random thought throughout my week. Most of this stuff, will probably be about family, church, fishing, music, movies, food, whatever I think of, hopefully it will have some sort of theological reflection (maybe).