While I was FaceTiming with Tony and Anne Marie this morning, I watched as message after message flashed across the top of my computer screen alerting me to email after email being returned-to sender, marked “undeliverable.” I hadn’t sent any email so this was curious and a bit alarming. I saw the number on my email alert growing and then vaporize to nothing. I was viewing a real-time hack job by some very unkind person.
Lately, I’ve been reading in Matthew. The past few days, I’ve been sitting in the story of the woman who had been bleeding for a long time. She took courage and pressed through the crowd to purposefully touch Jesus in hopes that just touching him would heal her. Jesus felt her intent and turned and spoke to her,
“Daughter, take courage, your faith has made you well.” (Matt 10:22)
I love that He called her, “Daughter.” We are His sons and His daughters…each one of us His favorite. I am impressed that He tells her to take courage. She took courage and now she is to take courage.
Can you think of times you have been courageous? Life gives us many opportunities to be strong and courageous. Jesus seems to be gently telling the woman this won’t be the last time she will need courage.
I know that hacking doesn’t require a lot of courage, but it does produce some anxiety for me. Since I had been sitting in the words, “Take Courage,” for a few days, I took a deep breath and decided to not be anxious. I wasn’t going to let myself, ME, be hacked…
What might you be facing that requires a lot more courage than being hacked? What could you and I do to remind us to “Take Courage,” when we are faced with situations that want to hack our peace, joy, contentment, hope? I hope I will remember to “Take Courage,” to pray and ask for help, and refuse to be hacked.
(PS- I have no idea why or how I was hacked. When I think of all the airports, airline lounges, coffee shops, hotels, homes and various other sites I’ve been to in the last 2 months the options are endless… please be careful out there! And for those who got a screwy email from me today, I’m very sorry!)