Wed., Sept. 26, 2018
Isaiah 43:13 – From the dawn of time, I am the one. No one can escape my power. I act, and who can undo it?
When typing on the keyboard of my laptop, I am a fanatic about using keyboard shortcuts. Some examples:
Control and the letter C: copy
Control and the letter P: paste (Oh, I just used it! I copied the previous sentence and just changed the C to a P!)
Control and the letter S: save
Control and the letter B: bold
Control and the letter I: italic
My favorite keyboard shortcut of all time? (Drumroll please …)
Control and the letter Z: undo
When you use this shortcut, it undoes the last action you typed in. Depending on the program, you can often actually Control Z multiple times. So, if there was something you did and it was a few keystrokes ago, just Control Z until that action is reversed. It’s undone!
Control Z is a very wonderful thing. I use it ALL. THE. TIME. It truly is my favorite keyboard shortcut.
When I do something that I didn’t really want to do, I just Control Z.
I think I like something a certain way, but I change my mind. I like an earlier version. No problem! Control Z to the rescue!
I made a change, but I can’t remember what it was? I can find that change, super quick. Control Z until it changes.
I want to switch between two options and see which one I prefer? Control Z, undo, back and forth until I decide.
I like Control Z so much that I want to have it outside of the keyboard. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could Control Z things in real life? I mean, like undo something we’ve already done?
Like, when we say something and quickly regret what we said. Oh, how I wish I could Control Z those situations.
Or, we think we’re doing the right thing, only to discover later, it wasn’t the right choice. Upon further reflection, we discover another action would have been more helpful. Why can’t Control Z come to the rescue?
I ate too much. No problem! Control Z!
I realize my actions weren’t very helpful. Who wouldn’t like to Control Z and in just a few strokes, undo those ill-fated steps.
Imagine who wonderful your life could be if there just was a Control Z.
The ability to undo and change and double-check and make a choice between two options … all with Control Z.
Unfortunately, we’re going to have to keep dreaming about this. I am not aware of any such great real-life way to undo anything as simply as on my keyboard.
In reality, there is a Control z in our lives. Control Z’s real name is God. When we do something silly, unhelpful or in such a way that we hurt someone, God is there to Control z the situation. Yes, sometimes, we must issue an apology. Or backpedal and undo. But before we’d have the opportunity to Control z a situation, God is already forgiving us if we just quickly ask for help. God Control z’s things ALL. DAY. LONG, whether we are aware of it or not.
How cool is that?
One other cool thing about God? No one can Control Z God, thank goodness. As often as we would LIKE to Control Z God, this is not our role. No one can undo God. We can try and try but this is not our responsibility.
Maybe the next time you’d like to Control Z something? How about instead, just ask God to Control Z it for you and see what happens.
For God’s ability to Control Z things in my life, I am thankful.
Lord God – why don’t we consult with you more often about decisions before we make them and then realizing we can’t Control Z something? Thank you for coming to our rescue at times and Control Zing something for us. Help us be patient with we want something Control Z’ed and the timing isn’t right. Amen.
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