My MacBook Pro has been crashing lately. I’ve eliminated any possible issues with software that might be causing the problem so it must be a hardware issue. Off to the Apple Genius Bar for assistance tomorrow.
I don’t know if you are like me but I strongly dislike when something moves outside of it’s normal function parameters. I like the car to be working properly, computer likewise etc. I’m not as bad as I used to be but it still bothers me if you scratch below the surface. I actually hate it when my wife and I have a disagreement and our normal loving exchange is hindered. Oh yes, even after 47 years of marriage we still have disagreements, not near as many as when we were young but they still crop up occasionally. Usually it is an oversight on my part, one of those open mouth, insert foot situations. I am always amazed at how easily I can overlook the necessity of being aware of my wife’s sensitivities. And just to make it clear, she is not overly sensitive, the problem lies with me. I have a tendency to forget the necessity of actually listening to her. What she might be commenting on might not be that important to me (and hence I may show disinterest) but not taking the time to listen to her can easily send the wrong message. She needs to see that when she speaks to me, because it is her speaking, it should be important to me.
Can you imagine if God treated us that way? “Oh, it’s only Bruce, I’m really not interested in what he has to say.” I never feel that way when I am praying, that God isn’t interested in what I am saying, In fact He tells us that He pays particular attention to us, knows how many hairs are on our heads, that He does hear our prayers and searches our hearts.
Instability in caring, patience or our prayers (to name but a few – check out 1st Corinthians 13) is not good. It obviously happens but it is actually important to establish a norm and then work to maintain it. When our reactions to lack of consideration, being used, misunderstood etc cause us to feel hurt inside, how is it that we can place such a high importance on these feelings when it happens to us and yet so easily overlook how our own actions can be the cause of these same feelings to others? And following that same train of thought, how we can make God feel when we fail to take His ways into consideration? I am amazed at the patience of our God. I am amazed at how He reaches out to us in love, time after time, when we have totally missed the objective that He wants us to understand. If you want to understand what patience is, read the Old Testament and the interactions between our God and Israel. But …. and this is important, even in the Old Testament, there are those dedicated believers who steadfastly considered God’s commandments, His statues, and His will and their norm was to walk in honestly before their God. Even these dedicated believers messed up at times, some more than others but their norm was consistency.
And today, Jesus now sits at the right hand of God our Father, and has sent us His Holy Spirit who lives within us, to help us abide in Him. But in order to abide, one must be mindful, at all times and in all circumstances, on where our source of consistency is.
Revelation 3:20 NIV “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”
Worthy is the lamb! Blessings!