I recently updated my computer to Windows 10. Seemed like a good idea to keep up with the latest operating system. Almost immediately there were problems. Screen freeze ups, files not where they were supposed to be, loss of keyboard control, and finally the blue screen of death (BSOD). A quick research showed multiples of reported problems with the highly marketed Windows 10 OS. All the clues were there but I trusted the advertisements and a total computer crash was the result. With complete, rather some confidence, in the IT guy at Office Max my beloved laptop was to be repaired. Then came the call nobody wants. The nervous voice told me the only solution was a factory reset. I couldn’t believe it! My beloved compy was brain dead and they wanted to pull the plug! With a heavy heart I reluctantly agreed. Of course all information stored on this electronic device was lost. Could not have been worse if my laptop was thrown into a lake. After quickly going through all the steps of grief, it occurred to me that a healthy way to deal with this frustrating experience is to blog about it.
It’s hard to believe that a spiritual connection can be found in this but there is. It is a bit of a stretch but let’s start with Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. Okay this Proverb is not referring to my computer….. But if you think about it the analogy works. I made a decision based on the appearance of what is right without investigating any sources of truth. That decision led to the death of my computer. Not an eternal death that this Proverb is referring to as there has been a resurrection of sorts of my laptop. But for many people they follow a life choice that appears right without searching out truth and ultimately suffer an eternal death.
Another loose analogy can be formed from Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. In the case of the computer, I downloaded a new operating system. Problems occurred because the old operating system was not replaced it was just modified. In a way the computer was trying to think with two minds. The result was confusion that caused problems.
Often times we try to fit God’s truth into our own thinking. Being unwilling to let go of long held beliefs leads to confusion about truth. That confusion causes conflicting thinking that can create a spiritual crash. To be transformed by the renewing of the mind is to allow God’s truth to become our basis of motivation.
Rev Burt Schwab