When I plugged in my camera card to import pictures for this post, the card reader didn’t respond. Nothing, nada, no pop-ups, no auto-play. I checked ‘My Computer’ – the SD card reader drive wasn’t there!!
Yesterday, I had discovered that I hadn’t returned the card to the camera before I took some pictures, so had to upload a few pictures directly from the camera memory. No problem…plug the camera in, transfer, done!! But when the card reader didn’t respond this morning, I thought that I’d somehow changed the configuration of the drives on the computer and started the search to see what I needed to do to fix it. An hour and a half later, after restarting the computer, and just as I had decided to try my external card-reader, Grizz wandered into the room and I told him the problem I was having. Now, you must understand that Grizz is one of the least knowledgeable computer tech-no people in this world. So, he listens to my story and says:
‘Do you know that there’s a lock button on the side of the card?’
‘What lock button?’ I reply
‘Well, right here. All of the cards have it, see even the cards from our old camera.’
Well, lo and behold – somehow, inadvertently, I’d locked the card – and the computer had no way of knowing that the card had been inserted. Slide the little button (how do they get a button on something that’s already so tiny?? Another of life’s mysteries), plug the card in and import the pictures. Easy-peasy …. if you know what you’re doing!!
You all probably knew this, but just in case, here’s a picture of a camera card – do you see the little yellow button on the left-hand side. That’s the button that will lock the card so it can’t be read (and presumably erased).
Another little tid-bit that I discovered this morning – if you slide the button far enough in the right direction, the card will be ‘write-protected’, so that when it’s in the camera, pictures won’t be taken on it. Now how do you like that!! Such a little itty-bitty, easy-to-lose piece of plastic, and it can control your picture-taking, picture-transferring world completely.
After all of this, my words for this morning are even more significant (to me):
Before we can pray ‘Thy Kingdom come’, we must pray ‘my kingdom go’.This is an Amish proverb that I found in a book I received just yesterday. It gave me pause for thought then, and will continue to give me thought over and over again, I’m sure. Before I start out to do things the way I want, should I not be asking the Lord for His plan – what does He want me to do, how does He want me to spend my time, where does He want me to be. If I can only set aside myself and my desires, maybe I can discover what it is that God wants for me. And surely if I can get into that space, I can gain peace in whatever circumstances come my way.
I also want to tell you about this book. Some weeks ago, I entered a giveaway. After several days enjoying MaryAnn’s stories of her life growing up in an Amish community, when she offered this book, I couldn’t resist. The Amish lifestyle and history has always intrigued me. The book arrived yesterday (thank you so much MaryAnn): It came directly from the author, and is even signed by her (thanks again to MaryAnn for arranging this): I’ve rarely bought or received a book that’s actually signed by the author, so I feel extra privileged to have this.
This book is short stories of the Amish, that apparently demonstrate the serenity and peace within which they live – a life-style art that eludes me completely. Each story is prefaced with an Amish proverb – I think I’ll use it for a devotional for the next while.
Wishing you all peace, wherever you are, whatever you’re doing