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I am useless at following instructions.
I just don’t have the patience to follow diagrams written in the tiniest print which is impossible to read.
I get frustrated when I can’t do it and end up poking at things and making matters worse.
Whether it’s my computer or my car I’m just not good at working out all the things I need to do for life to run smoothly.
That’s when I need a patient friend who is prepared to sit beside me and help me step by step.
What a difference that makes.
Yet many learned people are self taught in many subjects and I admire this skill.
I remember clearly my teachers who opened up the worlds of science and literature, psychology and art and, how much I value this knowledge.
There is much I do learn from books, too, and this is also most satisfying.
But when it’s working at something that’s not in my skill set, I need a friend.
I smiled as I remembered the old hymn: ‘What a friend we have in Jesus,’ and wondered what Jesus would make of our technology today.
Would we have kept his stories in our ‘cloud’, been his friends on Facebook, tweeted him each morning, and Skyped him when he was out of town?
Well, whatever it would be like, we can be certain that God’s love is instantly downloadable and will never be lost in cyberspace.
We don’t need the fastest broadband for communication either, for our prayers reach God in an instant wherever we are.
And we can still ask Jesus to sit with us and be our friend, for if we do, life will surely run more smoothly.