I was out of the country (in Georgetown, Guyana) and was bent on watching a video on my Apple Library feed. To facilitate this, I brought my private hot spot and made sure I could connect with my Apple Library, through my hotel WI-fi. After I sought to upload the video, I discovered, much to my frustration, the video appeared to come up, but it kept buffering. I did everything I knew to do, then I Google Apple’s Q & A forum for advice. None of this was to any avail. I discovered I was limited by my service: It had geographical limitations. Moreover, I had no sought prior approval and pertinent instructions to secure a workaround before leaving Brooklyn.
Not long thereafter, I switched over to what I downloaded previously and started watching those videos, both TV shows and movies. My hunger to veg-out for an hour or two was satisfied after doing two intense, interactive leadership workshops. Still, I was unable to forget about the experience of watching the wheels spin and the download buffering.
What do you do when you seek to accomplish some action and the random pinwheel of life pops up or the icon appears which alerts you to the fact that you have insufficient bandwidth/ How do you handle moments when your desire are frustrated and your efforts are stifled? Have you figured out a workaround or Q & A forum to which you can appeal to help you to think and work through your problem? If not, I invite you to simply take 10 minutes and read a short passage from the Bible on topic with which you are struggle (you can use a bible concordance
[https://www.biblestudytools.com/concordances/strongs-exhaustive-concordance/] or a topical Bible index [https://www.biblegateway.com/topical/] to find the subject with which you are struggling). Then, ask God to speak to you about how best to handle the matter before you. My experience, which mirrors that of others—my elders, my contemporaries, and my juniors— has been the Lord will speak to you if you read, reflect, offer a short and sincere prayer, then simply listen for God to speak.—sometimes then and there, other times a little later ( either than night or day or two). One of the psalmists testifies:
The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish.4 Then I called on the name of the Lord: “O Lord, I pray, save my life!” 5 Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful.6 The Lord protects the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me.7 Return, O my soul, to your rest, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you (Psalms 116:3-7, NRSV).
Be assured God will answer you——sometimes then and there, other times a little later ( either than night or day or two). God is always listening and looking for ways to help us to go and grow forward in faith . Therefore, try it, and let me know what happens. I’m interested and invested in your growth. We’re, after all, in this together!