Control. Alt. Delete. AARGH!

Written by on January 13, 2016

Photo of Phone with Voice Recorder

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you” (Jesus, in John 14:26).

This has been a week to remember. Or maybe to forget! In the middle of a kitchen remodel, the noise and chaos of the handyman’s brick-smashing and nail-pounding gave me one migraine after another. A flurry of business emails that needed immediate response made me realize that my smartphone had slowed down to the pace of a snail stuck in a trail of molasses on a tar-baked road mid-sweltering day in July.

So a quick trip to my phone carrier store, and a conversation with a ten-year veteran techie later, I was armed with what sounded like good advice: upload my phone data to the cloud, delete the files, reset the phone to factory settings, and then restore its apps. He assured me that that my emails, photos, and audio files would be backed up in the process.

So I took the steps. Then I restarted my phone. The emails and photos popped right up. Where are my audio files? I wondered, a sinking feeling slamming into the pit of my stomach.

To my dismay, I found out that the voice recorder app I’d used was kept in a separate kind of file that could not be saved to the cloud. It was completely wiped out. Unrecoverable. Noooo!

I had probably two years worth of prophetic words, worship, spontaneous songs, and sounds of nature on those files. I sobbed for hours. I’d set out to back up the files. But instead, they were completely deleted. I was angry with myself for not uploading the files elsewhere. My inward-directed anger was overwhelming. So was the grief that it was all gone.

I recognize that I can remain in the place of Oh, man! I’m so furious, I’m sick! Or I can get another thought. Deep inside me is a lie that says every one of those audio recordings contains my life. They were part of me, part of my God-encounters, God-promises, and fresh songs spoken and prayed over me, now lost.

Now I’m forced to start over. Here’s a blank slate. An empty screen for the Holy Spirit to co-create on. A new microphone for the Holy Spirit to breathe into. Songs to be written. New prophetic words to be spoken. Uncharted atmospheres to shift.

Am I happy to have lost all the files? Sorry, but keepin’ it real, nope! I’m still in tears over the whole thing as I write tonight. But it is better to have prayed and lost, than never to have prophesied at all. Even as I type these words, I realize the need to forgive myself for the simple but costly error.

So I’m entertaining the thought that maybe, just maybe, the Holy Spirit, your Co-Co and mine, will teach all things and bring to remembrance all in Jesus needed to be remembered—past, present and future. And that will be enough. Because God can make all grace abound to you and me, so that having enough in everything, always, we can abound in every good work (2 Corinthians 9:8).

Have you ever lost an important memory, like a photo or audio file that you couldn’t retrieve? What helped you frame the loss? (Hey, help me reframe mine!)

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  1. Kelly Hering   On   January 14, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Bless you Lynn! I’m so sorry; I hate losing important things, and sometimes technology is not my friend.

    I do love your scripture: The Holy Spirit will remind you of all things. That is the truth you can count on.

    Rest in Him today my friend! He’s in control and we don’t have to be.

    Have a great day!


    • Lynn Hare   On   January 14, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      Kelly, your words are so loving and kind. The world of technology is a big source of stress for me. Thanks for the reminder that God is in control!

  2. Megan Payne   On   January 14, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Oh friend, my heart broke just now. I know some of the stuff you had recorded, and WOW, that is a loss that needs some tears. But its exciting to see what HS will bring to you this year! Bigger and better maybe?
    I love you so much!

  3. wes busch   On   January 14, 2016 at 9:35 am

    During the past Christmas season, we lost to an unfortunate accident all three of our grown son’s high school graduation pictures, unrecoverable and the companies are no longer in business. We also lost the first series of our three grandson’s first baby photos.

    I took it more seriously than my spouse, but the Holy Spirit came in and said, “this is an ideal time to redo all photos and create new memories with fresh poses and groupings”.

    We will survive this!

    • Lynn Hare   On   January 14, 2016 at 2:29 pm

      Thank you, Wes! I’m so sorry to hear about the lost photos. I’m crying as I read your words. God knows they’re unretrievable.But that doesn’t make it any easier. But I love that you’re using this chance to redo your photos and do new memories. Somewhere in here is massive vengeance against the enemy. I can feel it in my spirit.

  4. Kathy hay   On   January 14, 2016 at 9:49 am

    I am so sorry you lost your audio files, Lynn. I have been fussing for the last few weeks with my genealogy program. My son–bless him!–persuaded me to replace my PC with a Mac, and I am having a horrible time transferring pictures to the new program. I think I lost quite a few. Things will work out though–your message reminds me that we can build anew. We all need fresh beginnings; but, oh, how frustrating they can be at times! God is our strength.


    • Lynn Hare   On   January 14, 2016 at 2:32 pm

      Kathy, thank you. I’m sorry to hear you lost photos. It hurts in my heart. Hm. I think there’s vengeance for the enemy in the next step of this battle. Don’t put your sword down. You’re gonna need it. And I see an angel standing beside you, joining right into this battle of the computers. All of heaven backs you up.

  5. Susan   On   January 14, 2016 at 11:43 am

    Lynn, Rest assured, He will teach you all things and bring to remembrance all in Jesus needed to be remembered—past, present and future. What if it was not a mistake that that info was lost? Does He want to start something new in you that would be compromised by the saved info from the past? Where is He leading you?

    • Lynn Hare   On   January 14, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      Susan, thank you! Tears are streaming down my face from your encouragement. Graham Cooke always says, “God allows in His wisdom what He could have prevented with His power.” Somewhere in all this is God’s wisdom. Finding His wisdom seems like a search for a needle in the proverbial haystack. Elusive. Embedded. Pointy. Aaaaargh.

  6. Nancey   On   January 14, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Yes! Recently, among the busy chaos of our Christmas tree business and my writing, I deleted a file that I thought was saved somewhere else. I learned that when I delete a file, it deletes in all the locations on the C drive. That’s okay, I knew it was on a thumb drive. Wrong! I had not taken time to safe it. It contained a chapter of my book. Fortunately, one of the women in my critique group had saved it. I lost everything else on that file, but I got my chapter back.

    • Lynn Hare   On   January 14, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      Nancey, I’m sorry to hear you lost the chapter, but had a hard copy. In the blog post, I didn’t mention it, but I had transcribed a good number of prophetic words in recent months. I have a typed copy of those. Still, the greater majority of audio files were nowhere else. I think I still have a lot of growing to do in this process. It still stings.

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