So, I can confirm that God has a sense of humor. On Wednesday night, I shared a devotion (inspired by Undistracted by Bob Goff) about how we aren’t failures, just because we fail at something. He says, “[Y]our failure was an event, not your new identity…A distraction that results in a failure doesn’t mean you are any less beloved of God. Mistakes are reminders of our desperate need for Him in our lives.” (p. 122)
I was honest and told the group that I shared those words because I often need a reminder like that and figure I’m not the only one. Barely 24 hours later, I made a big mistake. We went out of town for the weekend, but I was supposed to work virtually the next day. But I forgot my work computer. I couldn’t believe it when I realized it, and I was furious with myself. I muffled my screams (because it was 11 p.m. and we were in a hotel) and cried a little. Then I prayed for God to take it and tried to go to sleep.
The next morning, I got online to try and figure things out. Before I could even tell my boss that I wasn’t sure how much I could do because of my limited access, she reached out to me for something else. I took a deep breath and told her what was going on. She had a different solution than I had imagined and through some techno-wizardry I was able to access almost everything I needed.
So…what’s the message? I went from feeling like a complete failure to having a pretty productive day. Partly, I was honest enough to admit my mistake and ask for help. Mostly because God rescued me and redeemed my distracted mistake. He’ll do the same for you. He’ll do it anytime we go to him with truthful, humble hearts.