Who Knew God Could Do Tech Support?

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It’s amazing what a little prayer can do.  As the programmer and web designer for WitnessLA and WitnessHK, I have been in charge of coding and adding social plugins like Facebook and Twitter to our sites.  Usually everything works fine, but over the last two days I was dealing with an agonizing bug in the system that was causing all our Facebook “Like” buttons not to work.

I literally tried everything.  I must have rewritten the snippet of code 10 times.  I scoured the internet, read every forum, tried every “fix” people had talked about online.  I removed all the code and re-entered it over and over again, somehow in hopes that it would magically work again.  I even got to the point where I started posting on various developer forums, seeking help from others on how to get the bug to go away, all to no avail.

After about 2 days of banging my head against the wall, I woke up tonight at 3:45 am.  For some reason, I had dreamt that the Facebook bug had been miraculously fixed and that hundreds of people were using the button, and it was working just fine.  Elated, I jumped up from bed, and turned my computer on, convinced that somehow it would be working…[click “Read More” below to continue]

But when my computer finally booted up, I went to the sites and tried the Like button.  The moment of truth, I thought – this was why I woke up.  But sadly, it was giving me that same aggravating error.  It was still broken.

I don’t know what inspired me, but at that point I finally wisened up.  I asked my girlfriend “as lame as it sounds, I want you to pray that this Facebook bug will get fixed.”  Even though it seemed like such a small thing, she agreed.  After I got off the phone with her, I took a moment to finally pray and ask God for help.

“God,” I said, “I know that in the grand scheme of the world, with all that’s going on, my little Facebook bug isn’t that important.  But since it’s important to me, I know it’s important to you, and it’s close to your heart.  So God, I just declare that you’re going to fix this Facebook bug in Jesus name.”

Even though I prayed it, I have to admit I didn’t have a lot of faith I was going to be able to find the solution.  I almost felt like it was insulting to God for some reason, for me to ask him a simple “tech support” question – like I was treating the creator of the world as my personal IT support guy.  But God came through.

Right after I prayed, I was typing up the bug and issue on a Facebook developers forum when all of a sudden I got that familiar nudging of the Holy Spirit in my head – an idea popping out of nowhere that I didn’t plant myself.  “This whole time you’ve been using Firefox, have you ever tried looking at the problem in Internet Explorer?”  It never occurred to me to try that.

So I went to the problem page in Internet Explorer and found that I was able to click on a link that wasn’t accessible in Firefox.  That link told me exactly what the bug was, and in a matter of just minutes, I had found the solution.  ALL of the Facebook Buttons were fixed right then and there.

Imagine, I thought, if rather than banging my head against the wall for two days, I had just prayed.

Thank you, God, for being immeasurably large, the creator of everything, but for also being overwhelmingly attentive to my immeasurably small problems.  There is no “wasted” prayer with you, no matter how small.  Amen!

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