Faith Texting 
Tuesday, August 28, 2007, 08:11 AM - Extra Christy, Radio
My niece came to visit this month. She saw me struggling to text a message and took pity on my big thumbs seeking and destroying little letters on a tiny screen like an expensive game of battleship.

For those that don't know "texting" is sending short messages to a cell phone screen. One way is "typing" with your thumbs on a cell phone where 26 letters are squeezed on 8 number keys. You repeatedly press a key until you get the letter you want. The word "faith" would be 333-2-444-8-44.

My niece, who is kind to helpless animals and clueless uncles, saw me tapping away and said, "I use T9. It saves a lot of typing." So I turned on the T9 option. And tried to type "faith" - 333-2-444-8-44 quickly producing "E" which morphed into "De" which transformed into "Fee" and ending up with "Defaghitii" which could be a low-cal pasta. Previous letters changed as I typed new ones and changed again when I tried to correct the change! My head was now spinning with my thumbs, was my phone possessed?

My niece diagnosed my trouble: "You just push each key ONCE" 3-2-4-8-4 made "E", which changed to "Fa" then finally "Faith"! The phone guessed what word I was typing and changed the previous letters to match its guess. From 10 taps to 5! My niece's reward was to have Uncle text messages DOUBLED for the rest of her visit. What a blessing!

T9 writing is faith based. You don't see the word you are typing until you are nearly finished typing it. On the way it appears to be a swirl of nonsense leading nowhere near your word goal. Yet in the end, T9 usually guesses right or lets you choose in the case of a tie. ("Good" and "Home" are equal to my phone, which I find comforting.)

Soren Kierkegaard observed that, "Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards." As Christians we know the final word that God is spelling out in history: salvation. Christ came to save the world. It is hard to read that in a brutal death on the cross and the misspellings of the church and its followers through the centuries, but if my phone can find faith in my clumsy hands, how much more can God spell out in the history of the world.

Keep pressing on. God will help you get it right in the end.

Reading Backwards
from the Presbyterian Study Catechism

What do you understand by God's providence?

That God not only preserves the world, but also continually attends to it, ruling and sustaining it with wise and benevolent care. God is concerned for every creature: "The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. You open your hand, you satisfy the desire of every living thing" (Psalm 145:15). In particular, God provides for the world by bringing good out of evil, so that nothing evil is permitted to occur that God does not bend finally to the good. Scripture tells us, for example, how Joseph said to his brothers: "As for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today" (Genesis 50:20).

Romans 8:28 "We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose."

Psalm 103:19 "The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all."

Psalm 145:17 "The Lord is just in all his ways, and kind in all his doings."

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