Wednesday morning, like most mornings, I sat down at my computer, coffee in hand, and logged into Facebook eager to read the morning news, my favorite blog posts and check in with friends. Immediately my morning routine was rocked, right along with 750 million other Facebook
addicts users. As we all know now, Facebook made huge changes overnight which resulted in a collective cry heard throughout the world WHATTHA????
My status was (and remains) “Facebook — you are messing with me.” My newsfeed, ‘likes’ and comments tell me I am so not alone on this.
Why the uproar?
We don’t like change. Especially when it’s sudden, inconvenient and requires us to reconsider ‘normal.’ And it really chaffed me to have to deal with all this newness before I had barely sipped my coffee. So I left. Ignoring Facebook, I took Littlest to school and headed to Lamplighters. As with most things, I’m the Queen of Delayed Response, and what I couldn’t see an hour earlier staring at my confusing computer screen, suddenly dawned on me in Mopac traffic. Better late than never, I suppose.
Facebook changed. It made me uncomfortable, flustered and I didn’t like it because I didn’t understand it. Here’s the kicker — I was given instructions. When I logged on that morning a cookie popped up, offering a tutorial on the changes. No big surprise here, I ignored it. I immediately minimized the window knowing full-well ‘I can do this on my own.’
How often in life when I am confronted with change do I respond like this? We have been given the manual, life’s instruction book. God’s inerrant word. Holy Scripture. The Bible. But, far too often, I find myself majoring in the minors, and especially on the small changes completely forgetting to seek His will for my decisions in His Word. I minimize the window of scripture because I know full-well ‘I can do this on my own.’
The good news is The Good News. We’ve been given the instructions. How we choose to use them, or if, is up to us. Drat that free will.
And in related news, I am no longer mad, chaffed, or irritated at Facebook. In fact, I’m a little excited about the new Timeline feature. Has anyone ‘gone there’ yet?
Teri Lynne Underwood says
Oh my sweet friend … such wisdom here. I’m afraid I often “ignore the popups” as well. Thank you for this gracious reminder.
Loved this insight! Thanks for “Sharing!”
Still drinking the coffee.