This morning I was trying to access files that I had saved on an external hard drive. The device would not open but instead just gave me error messages each time I attempted to plug it into the USB port on my laptop.
I’m not a computer expert but I’m “tech savvy” enough to know what questions to ask, so I searched the Internet to get answers from those who are “experts”. I’m pretty good at following directions and I can usually fix most technical issues with just a little expert advice and clear instructions. However, that was not the case today — I’m still working on this issue.
The point is: As I searched for answers to why I was getting these error messages, I consistently saw the same words appear in my search results: “damaged”, “corrupt”, “recover”, “restore”. As I read these words, I wasn’t thinking about the damaged hard drive or the corrupted files any longer. These words described me — but not just me. These words describe all of us. We are all broken and have suffered damage in one way or another. Some have suffered more than others and their damage may be visible for all to see. In many cases however, we can’t see the damage that has been done to others. They carry their scars deep inside and do their best to hide the damage from outsiders.
When I picked up that storage device this morning, it looked as if it were in perfect condition. There were no visible signs of damage. However, even though the device can still be read and it is possible to see that there are files stored on it, it does not function properly. Because of some corrupted files or damage to the partition, the device no longer serves its intended purpose. In order for this hard drive to work as a storage device once again, the corrupted files have to be cleaned up, and the damaged partition has to be repaired. All of this is done by running recovery programs and if the recovery process is successful, then it is possible to restore the data.
This may not be a completely accurate explanation of the technical recovery process but it’s a pretty accurate description of the spiritual process of recovery and restoration. If our lives are filled with corruption, we can’t be spiritually or even physically healthy. When we attempt to function in life as damaged vessels, we can’t fulfill the purpose for which God created us. The good news is: He can and will clean us up, He will repair the broken parts, He will help us to recover from the hurts, and He will restore us to a place where we can fulfill our purpose in life.
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3
I don’t know if there is hope for my damaged hard drive, but I know without a doubt that with GOD there is HOPE for you and for me because He does not discard the broken pieces. He molds and shapes us into the person He created us to be.
“Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand,… ” Jeremiah 18:6