The Deadline

by | May 23, 2005 | Provision, Submission

I was getting in trouble with one of my projects at work. Our client was governmental organization and the task was to convert data from their old database to new one. When I accepted this project I knew it to be somewhat risky, as the structure of the new database was completely different from the old one, but I like new challenges. I had six weeks to complete the project or else our company would have to pay penalty.

Two weeks before the deadline I started to become alarmed. Every night I executed my program that did the data conversion and by morning the new database was handed to client for testing data quality. The number of problems was killing me. Some of my days of work exceeded midnights and I worked vigorously to improve my program. When I went to bed I was very tired. Usually I spend every morning and every night some half hour with reading Bible and praying, so the first and last moments of my day could be with my loving Father in heaven. But as I felt tired I cut down the time spent with God.

About I week before the deadline I was devastated. The nightly execution of my program had failed. The client had become worried with the number of errors. This morning I really needed help. I decided to spend once again more time with Bible reading and prayer. I was rewarded when I happened to read Psalms 62 and 63 this morning. It reflected my feelings, when I read in my morning hours “O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water. … My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me. ” (Psalm 63:1,8)

I realized that I should have sought Him in the early hours of every day. God was telling me to take some time off. He showed me that I shouldn’t hurry with my project either. This day I worked differently. Slowly and patiently I reviewed every step my program would perform. I held God’s hand and didn’t let my impatient nature to dismiss checking steps that seemed to be performed perfectly. I worked until midnight this day, but I felt assured this time. My program was not yet perfect, but the number of problems decreased greatly. God helped me to finish the project on time as I relied on Him and spent more time with Him.

Toomas Lukk


The Deadline