Last Saturday I was informed that my blog was gone.
That’s right, it no longer exists! I received a call from a friend who was attempting to update the site to the latest version of WordPress, which ended up deleting the entire site. Yep, all the hours, articles, pictures, and comments were gone, destroyed.
If you happened to log onto the site last Saturday, you would have simply seen a statement that said, “Hello world.” No trace of “Faith in the Real World” to be found. What now? Do I start over? Do I stop blogging? Is this a sign from the Lord?
All sorts of thoughts started flooding my mind without any answers to fill in the blanks? But then it hit me… this is “Faith in the Real World”! This is life, things happen. Computers crash, sites get deleted, and information is lost. Welcome to the real world! I suppose the challenge isn’t if unwanted events are going to take place, but how I respond to them. How does God want me to respond?
Let me share with you what God showed me last Saturday and maybe it will be helpful to you.
1. Don’t Always Assume the Worst
Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.
It’s interesting how we can be prone to assuming the worse when unwanted change comes our way. Yet God promises to make all things good even if all things aren’t good. In other words, God specializes in turning lemons into lemonade! So why do I assume my blog news is a bad thing? Why does it have to be a meltdown? Why can’t it be something that leads to good? Why not assume a new site will be much better or something helpful will be discovered? Heck, maybe God wants me to stop blogging to do something else that is more productive? Maybe it’s a good thing.
I can definitely be a glass ½ empty person and have often defined it as being smart, forward thinking, and strategic. Yet this perspective views everything through a “self-sufficient” lens rather than a “faith in God” lens. It assumes the worse because that is all you can see at the moment rather than believing God will do something good.
In the Christian life, there is a needed balance between human effort and trusting God. This is faith in action. All that to say, my life is in God’s hands and He is in charge of my glass (i.e. blog), so there is no need to panic no matter how much water spills out. My calling is to seek the Lord, love the Lord, and patiently trust Him to work for the “good”.
2. Find Stability in God’s Promises
Ephesians 3:20-21 – Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.
It is important that whenever we encounter unwanted change that we look to God’s word for stability. Think about it, God can do more than you can see, think about, or even image! That is great news especially when you’re facing a situation that seems like a lose/lose.
God’s word will help you control your thinking and the temptation to be overtaken by worry, fear, or frustration. It builds hope for the future knowing God will surprise you and do more than you can imagine! So when my blog disappeared, I can say, “God I’m not sure what is going on, but you have ways of working things out beyond what I can image so I’m trusting in you.”
You might have figured by now that the blog thing got fixed since you are reading this post. Without going into all the details, the hosting company of my blog did have a backup of the site from the day before that they could reinstall. As a result, not all was lost and we found that there are some bugs that need to be fixed for future stability. We are not out of the woods yet, but for now, I’m still here, writing blog posts, assuming the best and trusting God for the future.
I hope my journey has helped you in your journey as we live out our “Faith in the Real World” together.
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