Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Thankful For My Reset Button

It has been one of "those mornings." I awoke, again, to a sky full of smoke and ash... that's just getting depressing now; walked in to start the coffee and noticed the refrigerator seems to be leaking, had a run-in with D#2, found a mistake I must have made in my Fair Isle last night, sat down to play the piano and noticed my favorite piece of music is missing, then started to work and couldn't get the audio to load for my transcription.

Argh.

I knew restarting my computer would probably fix the audio problem. While I waited for the computer to restart, I picked up my Fair Isle. I'm always fascinated by the back of it. I started thinking, this mess of threads, and the messy order of all these rows on the back side are how I see my life at times... messy, unorganized, flawed - it doesn't look like it'll all ever come together.

The front of the work is something altogether different. It all comes together for a purpose. The mess of the back is glorified in the right side of the work. This is how God sees me. He sees the big picture, the finished object. He see's the perfect me, the me who has been made righteous through Christ.

Then I thought of how simple it was to make things right with my computer by simply hitting the reset button. I remembered I have a reset button for my life. The one that will get me back on track, focused, living with a purpose - Prayer and God's word.

I know that in my particular case.... being one that likes all her ducks in a row - Satan scatters my ducks all across the pond, just to see if I will flounder, or remember to ground myself in the Lord. The little annoyances will try and get me every time.

Today I triumphed. I remembered MY reset button. I sat back down at the kitchen table, read God's word, and prayed.

"Because of the Lord's great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning." Lamentations 3:22-23

35 Comments:

At 11:31 AM, Blogger patti said...

AMEN!!! I too have to remind myself this. That WE decide to be in a bad mood, or to let the little things bug us. And I just tell Satan, you can't get me, you never will get me!!
I am so thankful that we know about the reset. And pray that more people will get to!!!

 
At 12:06 PM, Anonymous Rebekah said...

Sometimes that's all it takes.
Take care.

 
At 12:34 PM, Blogger Donna Boucher said...

Thank you for sharing that scripture. It is so encouraging....and your sweater is lovely!

 
At 12:41 PM, Anonymous Beth said...

I know I forget the reset button at times, too. I may have said this before, but I forget to pray about the little things sometimes. When I remember to pray about little things and see God's hand in my life, it amazes me. He loves me enough to take care of the little things! Surely He will help me with the big things, too.

 
At 12:54 PM, Blogger Noeysmommy said...

What a beautiful post! Truly inspirational for me, and I will try to remember that when things don't go my way! Thank you.

 
At 1:09 PM, Anonymous Kaye said...

Amen, Lynda

I'm glad you found the reset button this morning. Now you can have a great day!

That is how satan attacks me too...scattering everything so that I feel unorganized and stressed. We are similar that way. It never fails to amaze me how we get attacked the same way every time. And we almost fall for it every time too.

Bless you today.

 
At 1:49 PM, Anonymous amanda cathleen said...

beautiful post Lynda! Very well written : )

 
At 1:50 PM, Blogger Tam said...

Thanks so much for that post. I've been struggling with my cluttered life and I needed that reminder that it all comes together when you focus on God. And, hey, knitting that good is pretty darn inspirational too!

 
At 2:10 PM, Blogger JennyRaye said...

Beautiful post! So true....why do we make it so difficult?

 
At 2:24 PM, Anonymous heather said...

I need to go dig out my Bible and start reading it more often. I think Satan's been living here for a while, and he may even be eating my chocolate.

I really enjoyed your post today, I'm glad you found your reset button. :)

(Wowee! Great fairisling Linda.)

 
At 2:34 PM, Blogger amylovie said...

Right on Lynda! Thanks for the post.

Amy

 
At 3:00 PM, Blogger Isela: Purling Sprite said...

Thank you for writing it so clearly. An inspirational post--thank you.

 
At 3:03 PM, Blogger Tammy said...

Oh, how I always count on God's faithfulness to weave something useful and wonderful out of the mess I make! I also get wigged out when all my ducks (or in my case sons) aren't in a row... when the day doesn't go as I planned, when they aren't doing what they are supposed to be doing, or when they are all wound up and driving me craaaazzzzyyyy! One of the greatest things I've learned over the years is to re-boot. To put aside my agenda and instead look at His agenda (which is usually the chaos in front of me). He knows what we all need better than I do. I just always have to remind myself to remember!

Thanks for your reminder!

 
At 4:47 PM, Anonymous kirsten said...

And sometimes--here I will quote a wonderful song by Scott Krippayne: "sometimes he calms the storm and sometimes he calms his child." Glad you felt him calm you...I think I'd like the storm to calm once. I'm a bit worn by being calmed every day in the midst of (seemingly) madness. You know? :O)

Anyway, thanks you for the reminder. He is there. And that is something.

 
At 6:22 PM, Blogger Brenda said...

Your writing is very comforting to this struggling Christian...

 
At 8:14 PM, Blogger Marsha said...

I loved your post! And I felt even more tingly-cozy reading so many great comments from like-minded knitters!! Your post reminds me of that commercial with the big red "easy" button!!
Oooo, and the fires! I live in the valley just north of Frazier Park and this morning when I went out to my car to go to work, there was this junk all over my car. I thought at first it was white flies until I noticed they weren't "flying" - 1 to 2 more months? God, please I pray for rain to stop the fires! (Only I know that brings the mudslides...)

 
At 9:28 PM, Blogger opportunityknits said...

Thanks for the timely reminder, as I am facing a bit of chaos at work right now :)
By the way, the back of your fair isle looks so neat! Except for the hanging yarn which I know will be woven in at the end :)

 
At 9:44 PM, Anonymous Jeanie said...

Beautiful Lynda -- Thank you for reminding us how important it is to start the day out right, in God's word.

 
At 7:01 AM, Anonymous Lynne said...

GREAT is thy faithfullness!

 
At 7:45 AM, Blogger Diamonznpurlz said...

Wonderful post! Love the fair isle analogy.

When I am having one of those days, I remember Philippians 4:6, 7 and 13. (I hope I spelled that right, I read the Bible in my native language, Spanish!)

Nery

 
At 7:55 AM, Anonymous Jennifer said...

I have been a "lurker" to your blog for awhile now, getting such joy out of your talents and tales. Today your post was so uplifting and so full of truth. Staying grounded in the Lord's word and praying is all we need to do at those tough times but at those times often the last thing we remember to do. Thanks for all of your encouraging words. Your sweater is beautiful. I am a medical transcriptionist too, working at home, and often spend too much time on these blogs before getting to work :) Thanks again.

 
At 10:13 AM, Blogger Lorette said...

I love the concept of prayer as the reset button for life. And I like how you put the phrase "Satan scatters my ducks all across the pond".
And that knitting looks just gorgeous!

 
At 11:41 AM, Blogger Lynda said...

Thanks for delurking Jennifer! If you'd like, please write again and leave your email address so I can get back to you - we seem to have a lot in common!!

 
At 4:50 PM, Blogger mamma said...

You always lift my spirit. Thank You for just being you.

 
At 10:04 PM, Anonymous Neighbor Nance said...

Thanks for the reminder of my reset button...I miss bible study and all you ladies involved...I'm sick of the smoke too.

 
At 5:11 AM, Blogger Stricken madchen said...

I love it when God reminds me gently of simple truths. And what a bonus when He uses knitting! ;-)

 
At 6:37 AM, Blogger Cherice said...

Lovely post. When I have "One of THOSE days" I always ask God "What are you trying to teach me?" I have asked that a lot lately.

How is the fire? I heard that it jumped a fire line and continues to burn.

 
At 7:55 AM, Blogger Ana said...

Very nice post! I'm a new visitor I found you randomly but I'll be back. As Arnold would say.

Life too sometimes needs a reset button, just to slow down and count our blessings.

Way to go on your weight loss.

 
At 9:24 AM, Anonymous JessaLu said...

Glad you found your reset button - great post :o)

 
At 10:10 AM, Blogger Rhonda said...

That's a great way to put life's happenings in perspective.
You said it well. Thanks for the reminder.

 
At 3:00 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

Thank you for the reminder. I forget too often.

 
At 8:59 PM, Anonymous gone knitting said...

I like your reset analogy! There is such peace in knowing that we can always reset no matter how off base things are. Your fair isle is a work of art it is really outstanding work! Mistake? I can't see it!
Do you do medical or legal transcripts?

 
At 7:28 AM, Blogger Sheryl said...

I am so thankful that God does see
the perfection in me He created. I love finding symbolism for God's love in the common things of life. When I can see these it makes the everyday not so ordinary. Thanks so much!

 
At 1:14 PM, Anonymous le chat qui coud said...

larry is lovely!!!!! lol

i admire always your knit!

 
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