I had intended to write about something entirely different, but that subject ended up being trumped by my afternoon of computer woes.
It was well over an hour ago that I sat down at my laptop to begin writing. I should have known I was in big trouble the instant a pop-up message informed me that the update that had been scheduled for 1 a.m. had failed to happen, and so I now had two choices: "Update Now" or "Update in One Hour". Oh no!!!!! "Well," I thought, "I might as well get it over with instead of being interrupted in an hour."
Big mistake. Because here I am, close to an hour and a half later writing this reflection the old-fashioned way: on a piece of loose leaf paper.
How annoying! How frustrating! And, of course, how DARE Windows to force me to find a pen and paper!
But, as always, life will go on and this too shall pass. And eventually, the update will finish and all will be well.
I remember buying a book way back when I was having a really hard time with some out-of-control-teenage-daughter issues (at least that was the way I saw it!). It spoke about the parenting of teenagers and why they think the way they do and act the way they do. And although it's been years since I read it, I suspect it also contained some strategies about how a Christian parent can cope with such stressful situations. The name of the book ... you guessed it ... "This Too Shall Pass." I suppose it's still buried in my office somewhere.
But you see, my daughter is now in her 30's and yes - those years and those issues and problems DID pass, and life went on and became good again. And it's the same with every problem and every frustration we come up against, isn't it? We think it's the end of the world, but it turns out to be nothing but a bump in the road.
Sometimes we need a reminder. And although that phrase "This Too Shall Pass" is one of those phrases people think is in the Bible (but it's not), there is a wonderful passage that IS in the Bible that reminds us that ALL of our troubles are just temporary and there is a much bigger picture for us to focus on. So feel free to thank St. Paul for this reminder from 2nd Corinthians:
"For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal."