I rushed into my office this morning with the urgent need to print something off ready for our morning service. I started my computer, switched on the printer and found the document. I hit the print icon, and waited.
I waited for a little while, yet nothing seemed to emerge from the printer.
I carried out the usual checks, printer on, icon pressed. I made sure there wasn’t a spooling error. There was still no sign of my document. Perhaps, I thought, perhaps the printer needs to warm up. So I waited.
Eventually, I accepted that nothing was going to happen. There was nothing else for it, I needed to get some help because, there was clearly something seriously wrong. Before plucking up the courage to ask, I decided to get a cup of tea. On my return to the desk I spotted the source of the problem. You guessed it, I had forgotten to plug the printer into the computer!
It was so obvious, so simple and yet I missed it.
It’s often the simple things we forget isn’t it?
If I wanted my computer and my printer to work, I had to plug it in. The cable enabled communication to take place.
This served as a powerful nudge to remind me of something very important. If I want to serve God, speak God’s word and bring God’s encouragement then, I need to be plugged into God and in communication with Him.
How do I do that?
There is an old chorus that has the refrain “Did you think to pray”. We face difficulties and try to solve it in our own ability, and forget to pray. We try and make key decisions in our lives, and for forget to seek God’s will. We rush ahead with our plans and forget to ask if it is what God wants us to do. Prayer is not only about speaking and listening to God, it is also about submitting ourselves to God. There is a well-known verse in the book of Proverbs that says;
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
(Proverbs 3 vs. 5 – 6)
Too often our prayers run along the lines “this is what I am doing Lord, please bless it”. Instead, I think we should be praying “here I am Lord, send me” (Isaiah 6 vs. 8)
It may seem simple but, it’s often the simple things we forget isn’t it?