Last week I had to carry my laptop to the computer surgeons, aka Geek Squad. Turned out that Baby Girl was infected with a virus. Actually, scratch that; she was infected with 25 viruses.
Yep. Twenty-five viruses. And her operating system was corrupted and needed to be cleaned out and restored. Advanced diagnostic and repair (ADR) was needed, they said.
Needless to say this news did not sit well with me. Beside the inconvenience of not having the laptop for four days, I’ve been paying for antivirus protection and a host of other preventive measures for Baby Girl every year.
So how did this happen?
Truth be told, there had been some telltale signs:
- a sluggish booting up process;
- popups that refused to go away;
- comments on blogs I visit would never post or disappear;
- inability to pin my own posts or add them to Google +;
- No syncing of my devices with iTunes on the laptop.
So I paid the
piper Geek Squad and got back Baby Girl, sans viruses. New antivirus protection was added, better internet security was established, and my data was backed up.
I could now pass “Go” and get back to life online as I had known it.
But, here’s the thing (to quote my friend Kenya): the same situation was going on in my spiritual life.
I started reading up on viruses. I’m not the most scientifically minded person, so my eyes started glazing over at the technical descriptions. But this much caught my attention:
“The body’s first line of defence against viruses is the innate immune system, which protects against disease.”
In other words, your immune system blocks viruses from entering your cells and destroying your health.
Clearly, my spiritual immune system was jacked up. I had been functioning without protection, so an intrepid, cunning virus called sin had infiltrated my spiritual life and attempted to take me out:
- It was taking me way too long to reclaim my regular time in my prayer room. Prayer and intercession were spotty at best.
- My “popups” were the social media and other distractions that I let keep me from my quiet time and even regular church attendance.
- By giving other interests priority, I was denying God access to my life in order to reset my mind and heart to His liking.
- God’s word to me wasn’t taking root because I was distracted and inattentive.
- I couldn’t “pay forward” anything spiritually because I was disconnected spiritually.
- There was limited synching between what God was trying to tell me and how I was living.
Unpretty, to say the least.
“Viruses are found wherever there is life and have probably existed since living cells first evolved.” Sounds like a good metaphor for sin, doesn’t it?
Took me right to this verse:
“But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” 2 Corinthians 11:3
Have you seen signs of a spiritual virus? How are you protecting yourself from spiritual malware?