While Diane and I were cooking for Samaritan’s Purse in Marshall County last week, I was saving bacon grease. I use bacon grease to make green beans for our Wednesday night dinners. We fixed nearly 30 pounds of bacon for the volunteers! I was worried about someone throwing away the bacon grease so I set it in a metal bowl up high above the stove. On a related note, I have this habit of putting my phone in bowls to amplify my Andrew Peterson Pandora station. The suspense is gone for you from the blog post title, but I did just that. I had a half gallon of bacon grease saved when I reached up and put my iPhone 5c with an otterbox case, all the way down in the bacon grease.
The moment I felt the bacon grease, I pulled out my phone. I turned the phone off, and freaked out. One of the women from the church we were in went to get a bag of rice. I had no confidence rice would absorb bacon grease. I took it out of the case, cleaned it up, and tried my best to get the grease out of the charger hole and the ear bud hole. An hour later, I tried turning it back on. It worked. They I tried plugging it in to charge it. It worked. The only side effect is a little scratchiness from the speaker. And I may try to run a hair dryer in it to melt the remaining bacon grease!
I was certain that my phone was toast (with bacon hahahaha). I am shocked that it works. And to be honest, I think Diane was and is a little disappointed that it still works. She has been telling me for a year and a half that I need to get a new phone and she thought this would force me to get one.
I am reminded that we often think we know how things are going to turn out, and we are often wrong. While Jesus hung on the cross, everyone thought they knew how it would turn out. When the women went to the tomb to anoint His body, they thought they knew how it would turn out. Jesus completely shocked and forever changed the world when He rose from the grave.
Whatever it is you are going through or whatever you go through in the future, I hope you will remember me putting my phone in the bacon grease. You must keep going. You must hang in there. Things often turn out much differently than how we think they are going to.
I waited patiently for the Lord;
he inclined to me and heard my cry.
He drew me up from the pit of destruction,
out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
and put their trust in the Lord.
~ Psalm 40:1-3