I sat down at the computer last week and wrote the very exciting email to you, that my third book just hit the presses. Woohoo! Except I wanted to insert an image of the book into the email and soon hit a brick wall of ignorance. The image was on my Google drive and I needed it somewhere else. Depending on your age, you’ll either groan in sympathy for my trials of technology or you’ll shrug your shoulders and think, What’s the big deal?
I’m 50. That’s the big deal. I took a typing class in high school and learned how to run a cassette recorder in my college A-V class. That’s the big deal.
Well, I couldn’t figure out how to move the image, so I did what any sensible woman would do in that situation: burst into tears and shut down my computer. Because that helps.
The next day, I was thinking about my technology problem again, and the Spirit of God said to me, “Why are you acting like someone who has no resources?”
Me: squinchy guilt face.
So I did this deeply spiritual act, which only the most mature of Christians knows how to do: I prayed.
“No way,” you say.
“Yes way,” I say.
I prayed a belated prayer: Lord, could you help me get that image into my email? I can’t do it.
You know what happened. God sent my daughter over to my house and I said, “Hey, do you think you could move this image for me?” I left my office and went to the bathroom, because I couldn’t watch. When I came back, it was done.
“There ya go,” she said.
There ya go, the Spirit said.
Consider this lyric David wrote:
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. (Psalm 23:1 NIV)
Dr. Caroline Leaf says our adversary, the Devil, is an illusionist who has no power. Wanting for something is an illusion created by the Devil. We feel like we lack what we need for life, because Wormtongue whispers lies in our ears. Jesus tells the truth and backs it with power. He makes it clear he can supply everything we need, in abundance.
The problem, for me, is that when I truly need something, I immediately think I have to take care of filling the need myself, and that’s when I feel the lack of resources. I lack technology savvy and financial resources and character and wisdom. I do lack when I’m trying to do things on my own. Pastor Freddy DeAnda says we love to say the LORD is our shepherd, but we hate admitting we’re sheep. We despise and avoid the crucial step of saying, “I need help.”
We are needy creatures.
So my suggestion for you today is that you stop leaning on your own very limited resources. Ask for help and expect to get it.