Dawn Tolbert

Writer
Keyboard with the Shift Key Stuck
Faith Reflections

When Things Get Stuck

I love my keyboard. We’ve been through a lot together — dissertation research, countless blog posts, hours and hours and hours of statistics homework.

The other day, though, I noticed my blog was acting strangely. I was trying to write, and the screen simply would not respond. I hit the keys a little harder and jiggled the mouse, but got no response. That’s when I peered more closely and discovered that the Enter key was stuck down. As in Enter.

Enter.

Enter.

Enter.

Enter.

Enter… Well, you get the idea. The result, of course, was quite a lot of white space, which gave me the impression that the screen had frozen.

It occurred to me this morning that I can be like my sticky Enter key. Things get stuck. It might be certain thoughts running through my head or cravings for some food or some thing I really shouldn’t have or maybe it could be negative emotions that seem to be TALKING SO LOUDLY IN MY SUBCONSCIOUS THAT I CAN’T HEAR ANYTHING ELSE.

Oh, sorry. Didn’t mean to yell there. I’ll try to tone it down.

When those kinds of things get stuck in my head, they really can drown out other things: like gratitude and love and positive thoughts and even the still, small voice of a God who loves me. My day can wind up looking and feeling like that screen full of nothing. It’s empty and just doesn’t seem to be working right.

I think there’s a reason that happens. I think it’s a strategy, set out to derail me personally. And I’m guessing it might happen to you as well.

Lately, I’ve been becoming more and more aware of the battle we face as Christians living in a fallen world. We have a very real enemy, and he’s a crafty little Devil with a capital D. And the scariest part? He knows us well. He pays attention. He’s more than aware of exactly which buttons to push for maximum impact. Oh, and did I mention that he’s patient? He’ll wait for just the right moment to whisper just the right thing to set our minds to racing, our hearts to falling, and our mouths to wagging.

Last week, I retweeted a post from Beth Moore that said “If you’re discouraged easily, you’re making the Devil’s job easy. He can mess with you for 3 minutes & spend the rest of the day at the spa.”

The tweet made me laugh out loud when I read it not only because it’s so clever but also because it’s so true. He knows exactly which keys on our emotional keyboard are most likely to stick so he’ll just push those until…

 

 

 

 

yep, until they stick.

Fortunately, we’re not some poor, neglected keyboard desperately in need of replacing. Instead, our identity as Christians says “we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37). Did you get that? Not even just conquerors. Not even just overcomers. We are MORE THAN that.

The next two verses, Romans 8:38-39, are well known, but really listen to them: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, nor angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

If we’re Christians, we’ve already won. We just need to stay connected to Jesus, the Source of Power, and let Him be the One entering data into our lives. He’s got a lot more to offer than just a screen — or a day — full of nothingness.

 

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