Hello my fun blogging friends. I have been without a computer since my last post – last Wednesday – and have missed not only adding my own two cents but also not being able to read your thoughts. So nice to spend the quiet of Sunday afternoon (always a nap zone at our house) to “catch up” a bit.
Last week, we noticed the computer was “acting a bit funny” with random pop-ups about being infected…..and yada yada. Indeed, it was infected – this wonderful “courtesy” warning was actually the virus. Wednesday morning, Hubbie announced he had to take the computer for some much needed “help”….no problem, I thought. However, he did not return with the computer. In fact, he had to leave it overnight and then we were told on Thursday morning the computer was going to have to be wiped clean. Without warning – and without my saving precious files anywhere else!
I was devastated. Files of baby pictures. Files of poems, letters, songs I have written to Tyler, devotionals I’ve done. Files of work done, work to be done and work that I am now doing. All gone because I had neglected to back them up on a disk or memory stick.
As I try to do when I am overwhelmed, I asked God, “What am I supposed to learn from this?” (This, of course, after the many cries of “WHY???”) And there was much to be learned – such as always back up your files! – but in the midst of it, my heart heard God say, “I have no back up file.”
As I thought about that – what a blessing that was to me. When God forgives….He (permanently) deletes all record of my sins, my failures, and the stain of my past. I, on the other hand, am way too often returning to my past – especially during those “overwhelming” moments. But God is not reminding me of past mistakes or bringing up the regrets of yesterday…..He has forgiven – and forgotten! Thank you, Lord.
And, after my lesson from the Lord….the story has a happy ending! Hubbie returned with the computer – and ALL the files intact. Nothing had to be wiped off….except the nasty virus! Yayhoo. I guess there is something else to be done this afternoon. Backing up files!!