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 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?