What I am about to say comes as no surprise.
The younger generation is much more proficient when it comes to mastering technology. The older I get, I find it increasingly challenging to expand my knowledge base—particularly in the ever-changing tech world.
Everyone in the Hobbs family, including my husband Kenya, laughs at me for having a modern phone and never using it for anything other than answering phone calls and occasionally texting.
I don’t even know how to change the wallpaper on the home screen or capture a clear image with the built-in camera.
Up until last fall, I was the proud owner of a Blackberry, until the thing just quit on me.
I loved that phone.
So when my husband Kenya purchased a more modern and sleekly designed touchscreen phone, with a bunch of apps and endless functions, I felt nothing more than confusion, and resentment that my old one was no longer functional.
Having ventured to the other side, my testimony remains the same: Blackberry phones rule! That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
All of the technology prophets who must have been hired by iPhone and Galaxy peddlers told me all about how my life would be forever changed. I would wonder why I hadn’t switched over sooner. Blah, blah, blah.
Blackberry rules! That is my final judgment. *Slams gavel*
Well, anyway, since I don’t really ever use the device that is essentially a mini computer (I forget to charge it most days.), our youngest son Kaleb always asks to play with it.
He, with Kenya’s help, has downloaded games.
So my new cell’s actually a portable arcade.
*Flashes tight, aggravated grin*
The only thing annoying about that has been my struggle to exit out of an open game app when I need to use the phone. When Kaleb is done, he’ll just set it down, without shutting down whatever he was playing.
I end up tapping and pressing everything imaginable to get to the home screen.
I must click like 20 times before figuring it out—each time.
I didn’t know there was even a better way until yesterday when the boys were with me as I tap-tap-tapped away, trying to close out of a game screen.
“I can never figure this thing out,” I said, mumbling aloud.
“Oh! You just do this mommy,” our oldest son Kedar said, smiling and pushing a button at the bottom of the phone, that magically did, in one stroke, what I struggle to do in 20.
You should have seen my mouth drop open. I couldn’t believe it.
Have you ever convinced yourself that something is difficult only to see someone else breeze their way through it? You know that feeling?—like, are you kidding me right now?
I laughed and laughed. The boys looked at me strangely at first and started giggling too.
“You didn’t know that?” they asked.
Nope. Sure didn’t.
Funny thing is, I had never thought to ask. I just sat fumbling my way through the process that would have been much easier with some guidance.
Why in the world didn’t I think to ask for help?
Because, it’s human nature to try to work things out on our own.
We all do it.
We concoct our “genius” plans independently and even when things fall through, we’ll trudge along through the drudgery, assuming there is no other method or answer.
In our walk with the Lord, these moments occur when we “lean on our own understanding” without consulting the Lord as Proverbs 3:6 says. We try to make a way, instead of looking to Jesus, who is The Way.
Even with our limited understanding, we manage to get some things done, but they end up being harder and taking longer than they should. Our haphazard methodology is tantamount to a guessing game.
When we don’t seek God, our plan is essentially, “Try this and see what happens.”
What happens is, you wear yourself out. You lose your joy and peace. You circle the same mountain for years and beat your head up against the same brick wall.
To avoid this mistake of jumping into things prematurely, instead of striving to be quick on your feet, be quick on your knees, in prayer. And don’t make a move until you have an answer.
The Lord wants to save you years of unnecessary hardship, struggle, pain, non-productivity and difficulty.
All you have to do is what Isaiah 55:6 NIV says, which also happens to be the scripture I’m stirring into your cup of inspiration today. “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.”
When you drink down the contents of your cup, you will be reminded to ask God’s permission before making any decision; knock on the door first and wait for Him to open it before barging in; and seek the Lord through prayer, so you will know what your next steps should be.
For Him, nothing is too hard. But without Him, everything is too hard.
Now let’s pray.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
God, help me never jump ahead of You, but rather, allow You to be the head of me. You are my Savior, my Leader, my King, and without You, I can do nothing. Please forgive me for all the times I failed to consult You and ended up going the wrong way. Today, I recommit myself to fully seeking You for answers, before assuming that I know anything on my own. As I seek, I trust that I will find You, and You will lead me exactly where You have predestined me to go. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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