I love having the latest technology before everyone else. I’m an apple user and last year I enrolled my phone and both my computers in their beta program and had the latest operating system months before everyone else. It was awesome. A few months ago I did the same thing, only this time it wasn’t awesome. The trouble with downloading beta software is that it will be glitchy and this year the glitches were huge, especially for my 2010 MacBook Pro, which I use to do all my writing. It was almost unusable, certainly not conducive to my writing process.
I had loaded software onto my computer that wasn’t ready yet. It is good software, but it wasn’t the right time. It was broken. Today as I am officially relaunching daily pursuits it has me thinking, how often do we rush to add things to our lives that we aren’t ready for and it ends in disaster? In the same way I ended up with a broken computer, many times we end up with broken lives.
Proverbs 16:25 (NLT) There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.
I wish I would have waited to add that software to my computer. Not only was the software not ready, but I hadn’t prepared my computer. When using beta software you are supposed to backup your computer beforehand in case you need to downgrade. I didn’t do that. Which means to fix it, I had to lose everything on my laptop. Thankfully, I didn’t lose anything important, but it was a huge inconvenience.
Just because something seems right at this moment, doesn’t mean it is. Maybe it’s for a later moment? The biggest example that comes to mind is love. How many of us got ourselves into trouble because we rushed into relationships at a young age? Yet the Bible says this…
Song of Solomon 2:7 (NLT) Promise me, O women of Jerusalem, by the gazelles and wild deer, not to awaken love until the time is right.
The same thing is repeated in Song of Solomon 8:4. Love is beautiful and amazing, yet when awakened too early it often leads to heartache and a myriad of other issues that we have to deal with later in life.
We also have a tendency to rush big decisions. We have a consumer mentality, “This is a great deal, but you have to accept it right now or it goes away.” We feel this tug to make decisions quickly, but sometimes we need to slow down. A decision made quickly is often a decision we didn’t pray about.
The reality is the software I added to my computer, wasn’t necessary I just wanted it. Many times we add things to our lives, that we feel like we need, but we don’t. Sometimes it is material things that we spend money on. Other times it is just in how we spend our time. I know for me when I feel overwhelmed, I need a down day. The issue is when I feel like that I feel like I need to just rest, watch some tv or play some video games and a little of that is nice. However, if that’s all I do then I’ve missed out because my true rest comes not from those things, but from the presence of Jesus.
Many times we add things to our lives, but we add the wrong things, or we add the right things at the wrong time. Either way, the solution is to get into the presence of God and seek His will and direction for our lives.
What are some things you’ve recently added to your life that hasn’t benefitted you? The good news is that regardless of mistakes we have made God doesn’t make it difficult to make things right.
Today find some time to get alone and go into your prayer closet. Fill your life up with the presence of the Lord. Dig into Word of God. Give Him an opportunity to speak to you. Simply say, “God I want to hear Your voice, please speak to me, guide me and fill me.”
He will do it.