Ever-changing World; Never-changing God

Many people might find it interesting or funny or both that I am not technologically competent in any way, shape or form, because my creative work depends so heavily on using modern innovations. I struggle often with an infuriating iPhone, temperamental television remotes, and this willful laptop on which I am presently writing. I will admit that I have to be a part of the problem, but sometimes the electronics and those who program them present some pretty difficult challenges to one who finds all kinds of electronics baffling. Somehow these present, everyday conveniences seem to have a mind of their own and somewhat of a mean streak in my presence. My husband, a retired systems engineer who is quite skilled in all things electronic, will stand there and watch as I attempt to do something, which to him is quite ordinary. He has been known to incredulously utter, “How in the world did that happen?” as I innocently sit there while the machine behaves in a very inappropriate manner. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way, as part of the last text I received from our Aunt Carole was this, ”Tell Kim I got a new laptop & it has been a nightmare. Tell you about it when I see you in Yuma.”
One of the most frustrating aspects of this hi-tech age is the constant change in these devices. I become accustomed to the set up and prompts, and I’m able to navigate through to do what I need to do, and then someone comes up with a new look and a new way to work with it. I barely learn the set of steps to access this or use that and the steps are modified. I realize that with my reluctance to move ahead I’d be stuck with two tin cans and a string to communicate, but it seems like every change causes a learning curve and a considerable amount of effort to figure out the new process. Here is one example:
During the time my little granddaughters were with us, we were about to head out one day, and as all good grandmas I wanted to make sure I could take pictures of our time together. Like many people these days, my phone is my camera. I knew that the storage was quite full, but having had a busy evening the night before, I decided to just hook up my cell to the laptop and download the pictures and videos that morning. This had not presented a problem in the past, and I had plenty of time to complete the fairly easy task. I plugged the phone into the laptop and waited for the usual prompt to choose the media I needed to transfer. But, the message was something unexpected. Now, according to the communication, I needed to download a new application to save the videos, and nothing was going to happen until I agreed to do so. Great! My success rate is substandard when it comes to downloading new apps, but if I wanted room for pictures, I had to comply. I spent the next forty minutes or so reading, answering questions and typing in data so I could store the videos on my laptop and free up space on the phone. I finished the task, but without a moment to spare before we had to run out the door. It was a rare victory, but the cost was stress and pressure I would have much rather done without.
In one way or another, most people are resistant to change. It’s unsettling and uncomfortable. We like routine and predictability. The Bible assures us that one thing never changes; that is God Himself. His Word in Malachi 3:6 states, “For I the LORD do not change.” “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever,” (Hebrews 13:8 ESV). James 1:17 tells us, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with Whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” His nature and eternal purpose are unwavering. Therefore, we can count on Him to always be righteous, faithful, holy, good, powerful, forgiving, gracious, and a beacon of love and light. When so much around us is constantly changing, God is the constant that can steady our lives. He is always available and ever able to meet our essential needs. For this I am extremely grateful.
So, I will thank God for being steadfast and immovable, and I will also thank Him for the technology at our disposal that makes our lives easier and better in many ways. Years ago when we lived overseas, our communication with family was through the military MARS system where we spoke as if on walkie-talkies – “How are you? OVER.” (Seconds and static) “I’m ok, but I have a –achew! – cold. OVER.” “Bless you, OVER.” Thank you, OVER,” and so on. Now, I can see and speak to my beautiful grandkids who live far away as if they were in the next room! Years ago the Thanksgiving dishes employed to feed twenty-five military friends and acquaintances were washed by hand. Now, electric dishwashers are responsible for that mundane job. Years ago if a friend or family member’s birthday was quickly approaching, it meant mailing a belated birthday card to convey wishes after-the-fact, not for the day. Now if one is up to the minute when sending out greetings, there are e-cards that transmit in an instant. Yes, I will try my best to keep up with the good things that technology has to offer, thank the Lord that He has allowed us these gadgets to help us, and responsibly use them in the best way possible for His honor and glory.
Oh, and next time you pick up your tin can, be sure to remind everyone that in this ever-changing world, God never changes! OVER AND OUT!
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