Next Time

Technology and I do not always see eye to eye.  I try to learn.  But there are times – more often than not – when I just don’t understand what to do next or how to move forward. This incident happened a few weeks ago.  In the end, of course, it was all sorted out.  I felt I had won – or perhaps I should say ‘we won’ for I did not win alone.  Perhaps next time I will remember and take action earlier.  I hope this short story may help you to remember too – next time…

Next time

I have three major challenges to sort out on the internet.  Each one will affect my life and the direction I take.  All three of them are giving me trouble.

The one website does not want to accept the reference I have been requested to use; another website keeps jamming when I reach a certain point in the application.  And the third requires me to contact the service provider to sort out a query – which means a drive across town.

I lay awake last night, tossing these challenges around in my mind.  For an hour or more I worried.  How was I going to achieve my goals?  Frustrated, yearning for sleep, as a last resort I turned to the Source and whispered His name:


And He was there.  Breathing peace into my mind and heart; reminding me that He ‘owns the cattle on a thousand hills’; that He is my Provider and my Guide; and assuring me that all will be well.  Taking a deep breath, I thanked Him and turned over … and slept.

Why had I not turned to Him before?  When am I going to learn to call on Him first instead of in desperation after hours of worry?  I have followed Christ for over 40 years and yet still I worry and toss things around in my mind, only eventually remembering to ask Him for help when I have run out of ideas of my own.

And each time, He is waiting beside me, longing for me to call His name and to turn to Him.

And each time, He steps forward and tells me that He is here, with me, and that He has it all in hand.

He does, of course.  He sorts it all out in ways I do not understand.  Sighing in relief I know I will be able to overcome these technological matters and do what I have to do – on time!

So, whispering His name once again, and metaphorically speaking, putting my hand in His, I log on to attempt to meet these challenges on a system He has caused humanity to dream and build.  No wonder He can sort it all out – He knows all the answers!

Next time, I will turn to Him first, I promise myself.  Next time …

About Mandy Hackland

My love in life is to encourage others to deepen their relationship with God. I write devotional material, stories and small group studies with that in mind. I live in South Africa and also love spending time in the bush, bird watching and walking. I do live in the city but make the most of the green spaces that surround me.
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