PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Yesterday, life as we know it came to a screeching halt.
I am, of course, referring to The Great Facebook Breakdown of 2019 (as it will henceforth be known — tell everyone. I want credit for coining a phrase).
All over the world, frustrated people could not update Facebook or Instagram.
The apps and web browser would open, but any attempt to post was met with a maddening error message.
Since I post social media content for people as part of my job, I was crazy frustrated.
Thankfully, most of what I needed to do had been posted before the breakdown but for two of my clients, I was about to beat my head on a brick wall (where’s a brick wall when you need one?!)
But we’ve survived!
And life can proceed as normal today.
It really didn’t occur to me until yesterday’s Facebook fiasco just how dependent we (eh-hem, me) are to it.
I remember waaaaaaay back when…
In fact, since the Internet just celebrated its 30th birthday, I was 14 when the Internet was born.
I didn’t grow up with a computer at my house and the first one we had was a used one Mom bought from her company.
I think I was 17 and remember thinking, “I’ll never use that thing.”
If you know me, you’re undoubtedly laughing at me right now—especially since I recently posted on my personal page about needing a bigger desk to accommodate my three laptops, my extra monitor, and what wasn’t pictured—my iPad.
I live on a computer.
But I’m getting off track…
The point is, we were reminded that these things we grow dependent on without even realizing it, aren’t really dependable.
Facebook will go down again.
There may even be a day when Facebook is as antiquated as MySpace.
We even know from this week that we can’t even depend on consistent time-keeping!
(Y’all don’t want to get me started on Day Light Savings Time — just leave the clocks alone, for goodness’ sake!)
The only thing we can truly count on to never, ever, ever let us down is the Lord Himself.
Isaiah 26:4 says, “Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.”
The God who created the universe is the same today as He was then.
He is loving, merciful, just, good, and a countless list of attributes…
And He doesn’t change.
We can count on Him in all circumstances and know He hears us when we call on His name.
Even in the middle of a frustrating Facebook breakdown.
Today, as you pray, give praise to God for being consistent and dependable…
Our everlasting rock.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you lean on Him and nothing else.
While we may use other tools to get our jobs done and our social life updated, ask the Holy Spirit to remind you often of Who is really dependable.