Progress Bars and Heart Reboots

This morning, even before the sun came up, I was reminded that God is always meeting us where we are in order to teach us lessons and to hopefully grow us.  I was also reminded that sometimes His approach is a little humorous…in a painful, awkward kind of way.

I typically do some morning Bible reading on my computer. Today, after starting the coffee machine, I went to my office and opened up my laptop to log into You Version.  My computer was acting extremely sluggish and even though wi-fi was working, I couldn’t connect to any sites and couldn’t even download any emails.  I decided to do what I have learned to do in these situations…if all else fails reboot.

I hit the shut down key and then watched the progress wheel spin on my computer screen. It was taking forever. Then this familiar message popped up.

  Please don’t power off your machine.  Installing update 10 of 15. 

So that was why everything was taking so long. 

I waited.

I waited some more.

Still 10 of 15.  Sigh. Come on computer, I have work to do!

I glance down next to my desk and there sits my Bible….you know…the hard copy.…the real, honest to God Bible.

Well, I guess I could open up that one while I wait.

I go to the Psalms and start reading, glancing up periodically to check my computer’s progress. 12 of 15 updates. Grrr…I continue reading.

After a few minutes of reading, I remember my One Word for this year and pray.  Lord, I want you to inconvenience me. How do you want to inconvenience me today, Lord.

I look up a few minutes later.  Still 12 of 15!

Frustrated, I get up to refill my coffee mug. And, as I walk to the kitchen, it dawns on me. (Yes, I’m a little slow before the second cup of coffee.)

Lord, it was this, wasn’t it?!

I smile (a slightly embarrassed grin) and shake my head, a little exasperated by my attitude and my behavior.  I am so impatient, aren’t I, Lord?

Then I hear these words speak some convicting truth into my heart:

Eileen, how am I supposed to use you for bigger things, if you can’t even handle the small inconveniences like this one?

You are right, Lord. Keep working on my heart.

Reboot my heart this morning.

What Truth has God been teaching you lately?  If you have chosen a One Word, does it revolve around that?

Linking up today with Tracy from My Daily Walk in His Grace and also Shari from Leaving A Legacy

19 thoughts on “Progress Bars and Heart Reboots

  1. Ruth

    Oh Eileen, I can relate to this! I am praying for God to work in me when it comes to dealing with inconveniences. Thank you for sharing this

  2. bill (cycleguy)

    Love the heart in this post Eileen. And the simplicity of the lesson. Isn’t it amazing how long it takes us sometimes to realize stuff that is so simple to see all along? Thanks for sharing your lesson. I don’t have a one word. I have chosen the church’s theme to be “Under Construction.” Maybe that is mine as well.

    1. Eileen Post author

      Yes, I’ve been known to do this too. We are programmed for instant gratification. Thanks for the comment and for stopping by!

  3. Debra

    Oh my!! This is so me. Although I will have to check out this You Version you speak of I have been where you were. Trying to get my precious laptop which has a downloaded version of NIV on the desk top to open and warm up. I also have a Bible sitting on my desk as well. I was reading this and enjoying my first cup of coffee this morning. I had to laugh because this is So me. Thank you for the laugh ( because we are all alike in some way) and the lesson ( that I’m not alone). when going through my days. Still searching for my word for the year.

    Have a great day Eillen

  4. Michelle DeRusha

    I love that your word is inconvenience — and how clearly God was prompting you in that way this morning. Sometimes it takes us a while to catch on, doesn’t it?

    Your words reminds me of one I have considered: interruption. So often I look at the interruptions (my kids, my husband, the phone ringing, etc.) as an annoyance, an inconvenience, when in fact, if I look more closely, usually it’s God at work in those interruptions.

    1. Eileen Post author

      Interruption. GREAT word. Yes, that’s exactly what the Lord is nudging me toward too. Those interruptions are blessings in disguise most of the time.

  5. Janice S.

    How great that you were open to learning that lesson this morning and thank you for sharing it with us. It’s tough to pull ourselves out of what we are expecting (our agenda, if you will), to listen for what God wants to tell us.


  6. Marilyn

    This is a wonderful encouragement to me in a season of waiting that a reboot of me is likely going on behind the scenes, out of my view, but not out of His.

  7. Lori

    I don’t remember who said it, but I’ve always loved the comment, “Don’t try to minister around the interruptions. Your ministry IS the interruption.” A great reminder when things don’t go according to MY plan 🙂 So glad God has a greater one, and I can trust him with this. 🙂 Visiting from Hungry for God today.

  8. Lori @ Encourage Your Spouse

    Really enjoyed your post – and I can relate with your experience. My computer wanted to do that reboot thing this morning and I postponed it for 4 hours… Guess what, I’ll still have to do it later.

    I’m sure there are times God wants me to “update” and I hit the “postpone” button… (sigh)

    Thanks for the food for thought to chew on.

  9. Shari @ Leaving A Legacy

    Eileen, I honestly felt the Lord speaking to me through your words. That could have easily been me sitting there doing the same thing. I have so little patience sometimes, yet I always want to be used by God in a big way. I think it’s time I did a little bit of growing up. Thank you for this, I’ll be thinking about this all day.


  10. Ken Hagerman

    You’ve got some nerve choosing inconvenience. I’m not that brave. God has been teaching me He is big enough but to do it He has put some things in my life that are to big for me to handle.


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