Can An Old Dog Learn New Tricks?

Steve Martin
Steve Martin
 
 Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:18-19 ESV
 

It hasn’t been all that long since I last did a blog on a regular basis. There was some adjustment when I first started, getting use to a blog program which was completely foreign to me and all the new terminology that came with it. I made quite a few mistakes back then… so many that I felt like the lady screaming at her computer: “Where is the ANY key? I can’t find the ANY key.” I guess you know the simple request to her was to press any key on the keyboard.

I thought this time would be easier since I used this program last year to post my blogs. However, I am finding that it is going to be more difficult because “they” changed the WordPress program to a better, faster, more shiny version than the one I used last year. Well, I really do want to make this one shine and have more visual appeal than what I have done before. The problem is I have to do some re-learning. Re-learning is harder than learning because it involves un-learning what you already know and like and re-learning a completely new way of doing things. I can’t seem to find that ANY key ANY more.

Another part of the problem is that I forget from one day to the next where I need to go in the program to do different things that I need done. I eventually stumble into that place and find what I need (thank Goodness) but it really slows down the process. As I was going through this time warp of the mind yesterday the anagram Sandy Waldron used to describe me while I was at Pine Grove came before me: O.O.P.P. On many occasions she affectionately referred to me as Our Old Pathetic Preacher. I agreed with her then and I agree with her now.

I am learning this new version of WordPress, and in the process you will probably see different looks on the blog page. Please know that every mistake I make will be leading us to eventually having a better looking page. I am already delighted that my friend from Granite Falls, Gwen Summerlin has agreed to let me use her photograph as a header for the blog. She is a wonderful photographer. Perhaps we can display some of her works on the page sometime for you to enjoy.

In our text for the day I am sure I am doing a pretty good job of forgetting the former things. The hard part for me, for all of us is perceiving the new thing God is doing in our midst. The poser is do we see God in the new thing? Is God in the advances of WordPress? Is God in the new things that are happening all around us? Are we really looking for God in the unexpected places doing the unexpected things?

One of the reasons I am doing this blog is that I realize that I need to stop worrying about myself and what has happened in the past and start looking for God in the small and large things of each day. When I do that I am sure God will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

Dear Lord, I have and continue to forget a lot of stuff – former stuff of old – I do that pretty well. Help me to look for you in my day, no matter how my day is going, let me see you touching the lives of your children all around me. And in so doing help me to learn more about and rely more upon your love and grace. In and through Jesus. Amen.

A very special thanks to all who have responded to my posts. Your thoughts and words of comfort have really touched me deeply

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