Do not hide Your face from me when I am in distress. Turn Your ear to me; when I call, answer me quickly. Psalm 102:2
Evan Osnos’ three-year-old son was just having fun with his dad’s IPad when he tried a number of times to enter the right password. Osnos, a staff writer at the The New Yorker, discovered that his device was locked, showing a message to “Try again in 25,536,442 minutes.” Do the math: that’s more than forty-eight years! The IPad lockout is a security feature that activates whenever the wrong password is repeatedly entered. The more times an incorrect login is used, the longer the lock-out time. Panicked, Osnos turned to Twitter, where helpful people offered suggestions like “put it in a bag of rice,” or “connect it to your computer and sync it.” My favorite responses were, “time travel seems to be your best bet,” and the questionable suggestion to “reboot the three-year-old.” Apple suggested a “restore” (whatever that means!) but added that all data would undoubtedly be lost. Bottom line: it seems Osnos’ IPad is toast.
I think God is a lot easier to work with than an electronic device. Access to Him is not “password protected.” We don’t need to enter any key words in the “search” bar, although there are some excellent online tools to “search” the Bible. Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know” (italics mine). Sometimes we may feel as if God isn’t listening (“Do not hide Your face from me when I am in distress.” Psalm 102). But Jesus said, “Your father knows what you need before you ask Him” (Matthew 6:8). Prayer does not benefit from “autofill,” the dubiously helpful feature when we keyboard information into an electronic device. But the Holy Spirit will fill in the blanks for us when we don’t exactly know how to phrase our prayer. “The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us through wordless groans” (Romans 8:26). As the saying goes, “If you are looking for God, you’ve found him.” The same cannot be said of a password protected electronic device!
Omnipresent Lord, we are grateful that access to You is quite simple and intensely personal. Amen
Meg Blaine Corrigan tells stories of wisdom, strength, fear, joy and risk-taking. Daughter of a raging alcoholic mother, and survivor of sexual assault at gunpoint, Corrigan has shaken a dismal past and flung herself into the arms of Christ, Who sustains her in her daily walk of grace. She shares with her listeners her incredible story of surviving and thriving through many trials during her seven decades walking this fragile earth. She has been described as a Renaissance Woman, integrating her formal training in psychology and counseling, an enlightening experience as a percussionist for a Polynesian show troupe, and most recently as an inspirational author and blogger. Her exposure to many life experiences has enriched her passion for spreading Christ’s word and helping other trauma survivors. She has a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling and thirty-plus years of experience in the field of counseling and social work. She lives in Lake Elmo, Minnesota, with the love of her life, Patrick, and their formerly disenfranchised rescue dog Ginger. www.MegCorrigan.com MegCorrigan@comcast.net