My computer is a great mystery…correcting my mistakes, giving me great information on Google and printing off reams of material that my children will no doubt dump after I am gone. There are still many buttons on it that I am a little scared of…what will happen when I push them is a mystery I am not anxious to solve…will my whole article go up in smoke? Who knows. I know there is a lot of stuff that has disappeared..to where I don’t know. What happens to those emails that never arrive? I know that Andrew Faiz (previous editor of The Presbyterian Record) once received an email from me that was supposed to go to an old friend. Luckily it was not x-rated, but then none of my stuff is, but he kindly reported back with a small story of his own.
There are two very helpful buttons on my computer…the delete and the backspace are invaluable, especially to one who still remembers the manual typewriters of old.
I worked in a Patent Attorney’s office in Ottawa for several years, many years ago. Each typed patent required about 5 carbon copies and they had to be perfect. Make an error and you had to gently and very carefully erase and retype the messed-up word.
Now a red line appears when I misspell or am ungrammatical and wonder of wonders a tiny press of the delete or backspace button and all is forgiven.
It is hard to accept by many that God’s salvation works much the same way. A sincere,”I am sorry…please be merciful and forgive me,” is much like the delete and backspace. Suddenly you don’t have to pack all those errors around anymore. The sheet is wiped clean and God’s Spirit is there to put a red line under upcoming errors. He guides and protects you. He really cares!
The present generation (of which I too am a part…a worn part, but still good for something) believes they have created much and have all the answers. Funny, God was way ahead of them. He had the answers planned right from the beginning of time. He knew we would make mistakes and had the delete and backspace buttons written right into our lives. Thank you Lord.