Good IntentionsTuesday, March 19, 2013
Well, for some reason I got it into my head that my connected Picasa photo album was too full. I had several doubles (and triples) of the pictures I’ve used in my blog posts and I innocently thought that it would be a good idea to clean out some of them. You know, so I would be more organized and would be able to find pictures I was looking for more easily. It sounded like a good idea. And, it theory, it was. However, I would soon discover otherwise. After deleting and reorganizing for about an hour, my eyes were getting blurry and I finally forced myself to close the computer and go to bed.
I didn’t think another thought about it as I blithely, walked upstairs, got ready and then crawled beneath the quilts. I had no idea while I slept that the little blogging elves had deleted most of the graphics on my blog! (Notice how I switched the blame there…) When I woke up I decided to check my Sharing His Beauty link-up to read some of the connected blog posts and discovered this catastrophe! When I saw that post after post on my blog had the graphics replaced with a great big, grey, empty circle (thank you Picasa for this beautiful warning graphic), my stomach lurched. Realization of what had happened sunk in and I knew that my plans for the day were now… well… different. I had several hours (days?) ahead of me that would now be filled with replacing the graphics with ones that fortunately were saved on my computer.
Wow! What a lot of work! I sure could have saved myself a lot of time and trouble if I had just left well enough alone. My intentions were good, but the outcome was pretty annoying. The “good intentions” were not very well thought out. If I hadn’t been tired I would have taken the time to think it through and not ignored the polite warning sign that popped up each time I deleted a photo. If I had kept my priorities in the right place, I would have saved myself a lot of work.
How many times in life to we ignore the warning signs? We discount that “still small voice” inside that is seeking to redirect us, as nothing. We stubbornly plow ahead even when we are tired and know we should be doing something else (like sleeping). Too often, I think. My blogging mishap has reminded me to keep things in their proper perspective. Rest is important. God demonstrated this to us in Genesis as He was creating the world (Genesis 2:2). If I had gotten the rest I needed, the rest that God was urging me to take, my body and mind would have been strong. I would have been more clear-headed and would have realized that the warning sign that kept popping up from Picasa was meant to help me, not be an annoyance to me. If I had put away my stubborn determination to continue playing, when I should have been in bed, I would have saved myself hours of work – hours that could have been spent being truly productive – maybe even doing something to serve the King!
Resting in Him,