God is not a computer

It looked good.  My computer said “This is important.”  It was a new program from Windows Vista or something like that.  [As you can tell, my computerized vocabulary is limited…and that is a gross overstatement.]

So, I clicked, “install.”

I then asked Diane, “I’m going ahead with this.  What do you think?”

A question asked tardily I readily admit.

She cautioned, “I’d like to see that Internet 9 be given more time…to iron out the wrinkles.”

Oops.  That’s the kind version of my “Oh no!”

I clicked “STOP!”

But it was too late.

After the computer was restarted, I remember what introduced the option to install:  This is important.  So, I reasoned with more trust than wisdom, Oh, if they say it’s important, it must be.  What can go wrong?  I have Windows.

How utterly incorrect were my thoughts.

I clicked on the internet—no go.  I clicked on again and hit the find out what is wrong button.  Answer: All is connected correctly.

Stumped.  Flustered.  Frustrated.  That’s the polite version.

But.  I’m the one who went ahead and now am in a pickle.

So, I thought, Why not go back to the moment before I hit the ‘install’ button?  Why not see if I can uninstall and get back to where I started this morning?

So, I did.  Found the listings of installations, found this current one, hit the uninstall button…and waited as was advised and restarted the computer as advised…and, bingo.  All was well.  Internet Windows 9…or something like that…was history.

It occurred to me this is a parable of life that doesn’t happen.  Don’t I wish, though, I was wrong.  But I am not.  And you know it as well as I.  We cannot live life with one finger on the “uninstall” button.

Doesn’t work that way.  Life is lived.  Good things happen.  Screw-ups happen.  And many times…more than we admit…we are at fault.

There is no uninstall button in life.

But there is a Holy One…the God of all Creation…who when life is abysmal, even tragic and deadly…is the first heart to break. And when we need the uninstall button to correct a wrong that has caused damage to others, to relationships that matter, there is no uninstall button.  But there is God, whose willingness to listen, understand and forgive is MUCH GREATER than God’s need to judge and punish.

That’s how I look at it.  God is more than a computer.

It’s not called uninstall.  It’s called grace, mercy and forgiveness.

Thank God.

About Mark H Miller

Diane and I live in Leander, Texas. This past June 17, 2015 I celebrated the 49th anniversary of my ordination. We returned to Texas after three years in Washington, during which I served as interim minister in Bellevue/Eastgate and Mercer Island. Am planning to begin a 5th novel that will have my protagonist, Tricia Gleason, serve a year in licensed ministry in Snoqualmie, Washington. The novel, "The Lemon Drop Didn't Melt," will find Tricia wrestling with ministry challenges. None of which more daunting than someone wanting her breathing to stop. All the published novels are available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle under Mark Henry Miller. A primary goal in our return to Texas is to make sure grandchildren get lots of attention--here and in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Traveling is definitely an activity that will not slow down. With that, of course, fishing will happen. To that the t-shirt is apt, "I fish; therefore I am." In addition to novels, the book of Blogs, "Voice Of My Heart," is also available on Amazon.
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