I had my iPhone updated this week (You don't think I would attempt that on my own, do you?). As with most updates, the changes seemed to come in three categories: 1) "This is nice - a good idea;" 2) "This is OK, but it will take a little time to get used to;" and 3) "OH NO! Why in the world did they do this and how am I going to get around it?" The third category usually seems to be discovered at less than opportune times.
Tuesday morning arrives and I decide that I am going to send out 'Tuesday's Text' much earlier than usual. I go to the app on my phone, and what do you think I discovered? The 'update' eliminated nearly all of the names of the people who had asked to receive it! And, of course, as organized as I am, I had not saved the list anywhere else. My remaining list was terribly 'outdated.'
So much for an early sending of the day's Bible passage with God's encouragement.
As the day went on, I realized I would just need to use any open time I found to scroll through my contacts and add names back to the list. This is when my second problem occurred. Quite simply, I had almost no recollection of who had asked to be on the list.
So phase two of the strategy was developed. What I decided to do fell into the category of "Do I ask for permission or forgiveness?" Risk taker that I tend to be, I think you know what my decision was. Before the day was half done, I had gone through my entire list of contacts and added to the list of Tuesday's Text recipients everyone that I thought might benefit from receiving it, and the passage for the day (2 Corinthians 5.15) was sent.
As the text was sent, I prayed, "Oh Lord Jesus, keep your Isaiah 55 promise." "My word that comes from my mouth will not return to me empty, but it will accomplish what I please and will prosper in what I send it to do. You will indeed to out with joy and be peacefully guided." (Isaiah 55.11-12)
It was sometime later that I noticed another problem. The app that I use for sending out Tuesday's Text had a new category entitled "NoGroup". And any names on that list that I had attempted to add to the TT list were automatically excluded. As you can imagine, by the time I discovered this it was too late in the day to do anything about it.
As it often is in our earthly story, the bottom line has good news and bad news. First the good news: A variety of 'first time receivers' thanked me for the text - some even gave me names and numbers of others to send it to. The bad news: Most of the people who had specifically asked to receive the text did not! To you I express my apologies, and ask that we work on a solution together: Please resend your request to be included. At the same time, I will be transferring names from the NoGroup group to the Tuesday Text group.
And with this comes a word of the Lord that he is constantly updating (and is never outdated), "The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem; he gathers Israel's exiled people. He heals the broken hearted and bandages their wounds ... Our Lord is great, vast in power; his understanding is infinite. The Lord helps the oppressed but brings the wicked to the ground." (Psalm 147.2-3, 5-6)