Posted 13 Oct 2010
Yesterday was a black day! I lost all my Google Analytics data for the www.biblecartoons.co.uk website. All the information from Dec 18th 2009 to present is gone. I’ve realised today that I relied on that data; that being able to put figures to how many people where visiting the website, & what they where looking at was useful to me. According to marketing experts & modern business practices, we need to know these things. Now all that lovely data has gone into the cyber void. I must admit, that made me SO angry yesterday! I was like a bear with a sore head all last night. I have tried to figure out why it affected me so badly; tried to give my worry & anger away to God; tried to rationalise my responses. I suppose the data represented the only real hard evidence I have for any “success” in this Bible Cartoons Project. The data made me feel more secure in what I was doing. Perhaps that was what was wrong… perhaps the data had to go because God did not want me to rely on it… He wants me to rely on Him.
God moves in mysterious ways…
Today a friend sent me a text at 7.37 am, when I walked into the office, that simply quoted from the Bible, in Proverbs 3:5-6, which says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
I hadn’t sent him a text, or contacted him in any way, so he doesn’t even know about the lose of Google Anaytics data. His text just came out of the blue. To me, the txt is pertinent & hope-giving. God’s ways are not our ways. The lose of Analytics data may seem bad & pointless & stupid to me, but God has plans for me & the Bible Cartoons Project. Perhaps He is asking me to trust Him, rather than Analytics, which is a man-made thing?!
And another curious thing…
In addition to the text arriving, I’ve just been reading in the Old Testament, in the book of Numbers & these words literally jumped off the page at me… “Then the LORD said to Moses, “Is there any limit to my power? Now you will see whether or not my word comes true!” (Numbers 11:23 (NLT))
It was as if God was throwing me a challenge – to choose to trust in Him & His love & goodness, rather than in man-made things, good as they may appear to be. Perhaps God has plans for me which involve me rely on Him & His promises, & He doesn’t want me to rely on Google Analytics & the other things of Man?
Put like that, the lose of Analytics data isn’t so bad, after all.
When God chooses to speak to us, it’s pretty exciting, isn’t it?! He can turn our apparent failures into His successes… if we let Him.
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