Bill Gates and Me

You wouldn’t believe me if I told you, but I had the most amazing conversation the other day.

My computer was not working correctly and giving me a lot of trouble with the programs.  I took it to some shops to have it looked at and many different technicians tried to help me with the problem, but it wasn’t resolving.  I asked around to find out if anyone else around me knew how to fix it and I was referred to a few books that I read, but still couldn’t get the solution I was needing.  I finally called Microsoft to speak to one of their technicians and would you believe it, but I got to talk to the Man himself, the designer, Bill Gates.  Incredible!!

I started my conversation kind of akwardly…like “You probably don’t have kids like mine, but I think they downloaded some programs onto the computer that really messed it up.  Then my husband and I tried to fix it but only messed it up more.  I’m not sure if you know how to fix it because I’ve taken it to a lot of technicians who weren’t able to find the solution, but hopefully you’ve got some better ideas than what we have tried.”

Okay, you shouldn’t believe this story because it isn’t true, except that I really did have a conversation like that with a Designer and Inventor of the very thing I was having trouble with.  It was my conversation with God the other day.  I was struggling with issues in my heart and family and started out the conversation by saying, “I know you never married and had kids, but maybe you could help me out with this particular problem I am running into.”  Hoping to pick His brain of possibilities instead of believing He actually knew how to correct my problem–  Ridiculous, I know.

Every day I have an audience with the The Creator, Designer, Manufacturer and Redeemer of everything and I treat him as another technician who may or may not know how to handle my problem.  Much like Peter stepping out on the waves I start out confident then begin to doubt whether or not Jesus really has any experience with my particular problem.  Sure he can feed multitudes with bread and fish, he can heal lepers, even raise an occasional dead person (as if this is all common), but does He really know how to mend a relationship?  Does he have experience with difficult people and stubborn attitudes?  What about my particular quirks, I mean, they do set me apart after all.

When will I learn that My Maker knows me.  When will I rest in the confidence that He has all the experience and qualifications I could ever have need of.  When will I finally trust that He will make a way for me and I no longer have to make excuses for my trouble.  Oh, I pray it won’t be long.

He is trustworthy, faithful, able, fully qualified, fully alive, fully engaged in my life and the things that concern me, and always redeeming my stupid mistakes.

Isaiah 43:16-21

16 This is what the LORD says—
he who made a way through the sea,
a path through the mighty waters,
17 who drew out the chariots and horses,
the army and reinforcements together,
and they lay there, never to rise again,
extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:
18 “Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.
20 The wild animals honor me,
the jackals and the owls,
because I provide water in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland,
to give drink to my people, my chosen,
21 the people I formed for myself
that they may proclaim my praise.

Isaiah 42

The Servant of the LORD

1 “Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen one in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him,
and he will bring justice to the nations.
2 He will not shout or cry out,
or raise his voice in the streets.
3 A bruised reed he will not break,
and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.
In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;
4 he will not falter or be discouraged
till he establishes justice on earth.
In his teaching the islands will put their hope.”

5 This is what God the LORD says—
the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out,
who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it,
who gives breath to its people,
and life to those who walk on it:
6 “I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness;
I will take hold of your hand.
I will keep you and will make you
to be a covenant for the people
and a light for the Gentiles,
7 to open eyes that are blind,
to free captives from prison
and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.

2 thoughts on “Bill Gates and Me

  1. Your illustration made a good point Cate. No matter how long we’ve been walking with the LORD, we still seem to fall into looking at things from our limited human capacity. WHY is that??

    1. I sure wish I knew, Angela. I feel just like the disciples… given so many lessons, examples, miracles, and illustrations, but I’m still waiting for something. He has to become my ultimate reality; not what I see or feel.
      You know, I have to trust that He understands things like PMS and menopause! These are things I have doubted his experience with too.

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