I have two computers. One is going on 7 (which is about 70 in dog and computer years) and deserves to be old, tired and ready to resign from my employ, but the other is not even 4 years old yet and theoretically should have quite a bit of life and service left. Nevertheless, both computers seemed to have caught a terminal illness; they’ve become irritable, unwilling to do what I ask, and so lethargic they can barely function. So, I took them to the Apple genius doctor at the mall hospital to see if he could diagnose their illnesses and either perform a miracle cure or write me a prescription. It didn’t take him more than a minute to have all the techies rolling their eyes. I have nearly 880 GB of photos on my big computer and another 300 GB on my little laptop. They all agreed that this is the store record, at least in the last 7 years since anybody could remember. The prescription is to unload the photos, either onto a storage device or a new computer that has the capacity to hold several terabytes of memory. So, I took their prescription to one of their pharmacists, who gave me a few pills for temporary relief but also got my computers on the schedule for major surgery. Therefore, if I don’t post for a couple of days at some point, it might be because my computers are in the hospital having their rather monstrous benign tumors removed.
Do you ever feel like my computer? Sometimes I do. Are you tired of attempting to work flawlessly doing other people’s bidding (be it babies, professors, or employers) for endless days and years? If you’re feeling overloaded and don’t even know what’s wrong or what can be done about it, may I recommend taking all your burdens to Jesus and asking Him for help? He’s the Great Physician. He can diagnose our problems and will often surgically remove the unbearable load if we ask him to. However, even in the situations where He doesn’t miraculously intervene, He does promise to walk with us, sharing our pain and understanding our sorrows.
“Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.3 For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour” (Isaiah 43:1-3).