Have you ever had to do a factory rest on your phone? Something is not going right and the phone keeps freezing or there’s a major glitch and the only way to fix it is to reset it to its default program – the basic, core elements that are loaded on the phone at purchase. Nothing fancy, no personalisations – just the pure basic elements needed for the phone to do its job.
These days, it’s easy to reload all the personalisations though. Most phones have backup systems in place – computer programs or clouds that store a carbon copy of what was on your phone before it’s reset. In fact, these days it’s so easy to have backup options that really people have no excuses if you lose all your data because of a crash of some kind…
We got caught out a few years ago though – before the use of “clouds” was so common. We had been cruising along our merry way with our computer. Everything was going well. We continued to upload all our photos, all our music, all hubby’s work data… until one day during a routine update, the silly thing freaked out and fried itself. At this stage we had not done a backup of our data… and so you can imagine the frustration at such an occurance. All our information – business details right through to our precious babies photos – apparently lost. It was a long and expensive process to retrieve what we could and to this day I am certain that we have lost some precious memories because we didn’t see fit to back up our data.
Sometimes though, having to reset can be refreshing. We can overload our phones or computers with so many apps and so much information that we even have trouble navigating it. To be presented with the basic options and know that everything will work so smoothly it a relief.
Life can be like that. We can become so enamoured with doing stuff; having stuff; meeting people; working; making sure we are making the most of every moment; living up to the expectations of other people; Doing all the right things; making sure we take of our selves, our families, our homes; most of the time cruising through life and adding more and more into our minds, schedules and environments. But what happens when life comes to a sudden holt? What happens when your system crashes? What happens when you find you are frozen in place and nothing is working?
Most people, I imagine, would have “backup systems” in place. A support network of people they can go to, to help them work through whatever the issues may be. Don’t get me wrong – this is amazing and we all need to surround ourselves with wise and loving influences. This is important and necessary. We are relational beings and actually work best when we are living in community with other people.
Why is it though, that unlike with technology, we tend to shy away from reverting to our “default mode”? When life comes to crisis point, why do we try everything else before hitting reset? What am I even taking about? What is our default setting?
We are created beings, made in the image of God, designed by Him and for Him. Colossions 1:16-17 says this
For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
This is an essential truth for us to understand. God is our creator. He is IN all things; He is BEFORE all things; He is THROUGH all things; in Him all things HOLD TOGETHER; and all things are FOR Him. Don’t you think that means that, ultimately, He knows us better than we know ourselves? Don’t you think that means that He knows, better than we do, what we need in life? Don’t you think He knows, better than we do, what it’s going to take to get us through whatever situation we find ourselves in?
30 As for God, his way is perfect:
The Lord’s word is flawless;
he shields all who take refuge in him.
31 For who is God besides the Lord?
And who is the Rock except our God?
32 It is God who arms me with strength
and keeps my way secure.
33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;
he causes me to stand on the heights.
34 He trains my hands for battle;
my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
35 You make your saving help my shield,
and your right hand sustains me;
your help has made me great.
36 You provide a broad path for my feet,
so that my ankles do not give way.
Sometimes, what we need, is a factory reset. We need to stop and reset our lives according to how we have been created. Even for those of us who have actively chosen to follow Jesus daily need to take time to reset our hearts to align them to His will, because He does know us better than we know ourselves.
For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.
1 You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.
19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
He sees everything we are going through and know best how to help us walk through it and if necessary take us out of it. All it takes from us is a heart of surrender. A heart that simply acknowledges that God, our creator, has a better idea of what is necessary that we do.
I know that for some of us the idea of admitting that we don’t know whats best for us is not only difficult but a silly thought. Because who could possibly know us better than ourselves right? Perhaps you see God, religion, faith or anything else related as a “crutch” or a delusional. Perhaps you have yet to be convinced of a God let alone be willing to surrender your life to Him. That’s ok. Your journey is yours to take. I can only share what I know and point to Jesus and hope that you can catch a glimpse of who He is. What I know about God is that He is patient; He is gracious; He is relentless in His pursuit of us; He is a God of action; and He will do whatever it takes to help us see that.
Do you need to hit reset? Do you need to return to your default settings?