I hope those of you familiar with computers will relate to this. I always find it great comfort when I can reach up for that little arrow on the toolbar that can undo what you’ve just done, sometimes you can undo a great deal and retrieve a document, re-doing it without the mess you were getting into.
The delete button is similarly helpful but a little more dangerous. It is possible to lose hours of work with one small click and I’m sure many of us have gnashed our teeth and wept over that stupid computer. Just the other day I was preparing to post something on this blog and pressed the wrong button, don’t ask me how, but I lost it all. I managed to recreate it but I think I lost some original thoughts along the way.
I get very panicky when the message comes up “Can’t undo”. How many of us have those times in our lives when if only we could have gone back and done something again we would have done it so differently. Time travelling isn’t an option for us, we cannot ever change the past. We cannot un- say something we said, we cannot change the way things were and we live with the consequences for the rest of our lives.
We’re all human and we all make mistakes, its how we learn the hard lessons in life. Those “if onlys” that haunt us. While we can’t change the past we can change the way we feel about it. We need to accept our mistakes, let ourselves off the hook. But that’s sometimes too hard and we need someone to help us move forwards.
Jesus promises to forgive all our past failures and mistakes, all the things we’ve done wrong and can’t undo.He doesn’t judge us, we usually judge ourselves too harshly. What’s more its free to us even though it cost Him everything.
“Come to me”, He said, “all of you who are tired and weary, heavy laden and I will refresh you.” Isn’t that the best invitation you’ve ever heard?