Word Wednesday Nugget Aw, Snap Dr. Rebekah McCloud


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Recently I had some problems with my computer at work. It went on a blitz and alternated between blinking and being unresponsive. Suddenly an image appeared on the screen with a message beneath it which said, “Aw, snap! Something went wrong.” Imagine that.

I asked several others if they had ever received this error message. Many said yes, so I did a Google search to find out what to do when you get this message. I scanned a dozen or so of the entries. Most of them had similar instructions. The three most common were to refresh the page, check the Internet connection, and reboot the system. Aw, snap! Like the computer, sometimes things go wrong in our lives. These same three solutions may work. 

First, refresh. The word refresh means to give new strength or energy, rejuvenate, renew, reinvigorate, renovate, or restore. When something goes wrong in our lives—and believe me, even Christians have times of challenge—it is always best to stop and refresh. We are perfectly imperfect beings and are always in need of God’s restoration. Acts 3:19 in part says, “Turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” Psalms 19:7 reminds us that, “The Law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul.”

Refreshing may not always be spiritual; at times refreshing may come from fellowship such as that shared by the disciples and others (Philemon 1:7, 2 Corinthians 7:13, Isaiah 28:12, Romans 15:32). It may also be physical: sitting, enjoying a cup of coffee, meditating, reading your Bible, praying, etc. Refreshing provides us with the opportunity to focus and reflect.

Second, check your connection. The word connection means having a relationship with a person, place, or thing. Connecting with God is not just a Sunday event. It requires us to have continuing communications with him and that we prioritize our relationship with him. Put God first! Colossians 1:17 says, “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”  He is the “Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End,” (Revelations 22:13).

Building and keeping that connection with God requires that we recognize that he is the vine and we are the branches (John 15:5). He gave us the right to become children of God (John 1:12). He loves us and is rich in mercy (Ephesians 2: 4-5). Let us make sure we are plugged into the source and we have a solid, firm, concrete, rock-hard, and  unyielding connection with the father. “Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually,” (1 Chronicles 16:11).

Third, reboot. The word reboot means to shut down, clean up, and start something anew. When we give our lives to Christ or when we recommit our lives to Christ, we are new creatures. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says in part, “old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” Isaiah 43:18-19 reminds us to, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

A reboot requires us to seek God’s forgiveness, to seek his grace, to seek his restoration. He is eager for our return. As he did with the Israelites, he smooths out the roads, pull out the boulders, raises a flag, and prepares the highway for our return (Isaiah 62:10). Our job then is to draw near to him and he will draw near to us (James 4:8).

Aw, snap! We do not need to do a Google search or look for a video on TikTok or You Tube to find a solution to our problems. We can use something better; the Bible. The word of God has a solution to every problem known to man, from the beginning to the end. A friend sent me this quote,  “Look back and thank God. Look forward and trust God. He closes doors no man can open and he opens doors no man can close.” 

Aw, snap! Something might have gone wrong, but the potter turns things around (Isaiah 29:16). We are all the work of his hand (Isaiah 64:8). Go to him to refresh, connect, and reboot.

Dr. Rebekah McCloud

30 years of service in education. Authored more than 50 publications , made more than 150 presentations, designed workshops, and facilitated training  On the C-SPAN Networks:
Rebekah McCloud is a Director for Minority Programs in the University of Central Florida with one video in the C-SPAN Video Library; the first appearance was a 1999 Forum.

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