Ok. It’s been way too long since I posted. But, in my defense, I have my “moody” computer to blame. It has been randomly shutting down and acting quirky in general. So much so that I find my whole way of life has been altered. What used to be a relatively easy process has become an extreme challenge.
And this challenging ordeal has made me realize how computer-dependent I have become. I have learned the hard lesson that technology is like a fair-weathered friend. A nice thing to have around most of the time but you can never trust it completely.
My husband actually had the nerve to suggest I try using pen and paper, like in the old days. 🙂 Actually, I tried that the other day and it took me an hour to write down what would normally take about 10 minutes on the keyboard. I do like the feel of my pen gliding across a writing tablet of real paper at times. But, I confess that, most days, I find myself too impatient, eager to hurry up and finish whatever project I’m working on.
And today I have another incentive to write faster. You see, I am having to tap out my thoughts as fast as possible so as not to agitate the aforementioned “moody” computer. It’s like walking (or typing) on eggshells and, frankly, my nerves can’t take it anymore!
Suffice it to say, I think there is a new computer in my future. At least I HOPE so.
Meanwhile, I am thankful for the lesson my computer has taught me because it served to highlight the truth of God’s unending grace. When technology fails, when people fail, when all else fails, he never will.
“He is the same yesterday, today and forever” and it is comforting to know he is a faithful friend. One that can always be trusted.
Father, thank you for lovingly showing me that I can truly depend on you. Help me to cast off anxiety and rest in your care. Amen.
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
1 Peter 5:7
Could it be that people are hungry to connect with other people, even if it is a just a virtual connection?
Some say watching these shows is an escape from the reality of their own lives. But perhaps the truth is that we are desperate to find out how others handle the struggles of our common human experience.
We learn from each other, for better or worse, as we share the good and the bad, the messy and the beautiful and all the ups and the downs of life.
Hoda Kotb, one of the hosts of the Today Show, has told the story of how she came to the decision to go public with her breast cancer ordeal. After undergoing mastectomy surgery, she met a stranger on a plane who began asking her questions and drawing out the secret which she had, to that point, kept safely hidden.
“Don’t hog your journey. It’s not just for you. You can keep it all to yourself or you can choose to help people by sharing your story.”
And, as Christians, we have even more incentive to share our journey. We have been given the Great Commission to tell the world what God has done for us (Matthew 28:19-20). We have been told that we are the “light of the world” and that, rather than hide the light, we should let it be seen so that others might give praise to our heavenly Father (Matthew 5: 14-16).
But how many of us cringe at the thought of exposing ourselves? We do not want to share our weakness, our struggles, our pain. Pride tells us to keep up the appearance of strength. We might say we don’t want to bother anyone or bring anyone down. We might pretend we have it all together out of fear or the inability to accept our own reality.
The Word teaches that our weakness reveals the power of Christ. As we allow His grace to pour into our lives, the empty places fill and what emerges is a testimony to His greatness.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
My prayer today is that God would help us to acknowledge His presence in the story of our lives – that He would help us to embrace and admit our reality and then be willing to surrender it to the telling.
Because it is not for us only. It also belongs to all those who might be watching from the shadows, those who may be needing encouragement for their own journey.
When we loosen our grip and are obedient to share the truth, others are able to grasp hold of it. They are able to witness God’s enduring love and faithfulness and His power to help us through difficult circumstances.
It is in this honest humility, the display of God’s strength being made perfect in weakness, that the human spirit is elevated and hope-filled.That is when we see His light and His glory revealed. Now that is a reality show worth watching!