Behind The Scenes

September 1, 2001
by Mary Daniel

Hebrews 11:l – Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (KJV)

Romans 1:20 – For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse. (KJV)

Micah 6:8 – He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? (KJV)

Matthew 18:19 – Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. (KJV)

This world would be a much different place were there no goings-on behind the scenes. Consider for a moment, things in life that we have either helped take place, had the privilege of attending, or been the recipient of, because others were working behind the scenes to make it happen.

Political decisions would be much different were it not for those unseen advisors, workers, people with "connections". Church functions, school plays, fun things like fairs, crucial things like cancer dressings, productions, charitable fundraisers, websites and servers; even, sadly, things which are detrimental, take place because of those who work behind the scenes.

PCCWeb Daily is a website which started from the vision of our present Technical and Oversight Editor, Robin Ross, a minister, who, while holding his regular job, also worked behind the scenes writing, editing and attending to its technical needs until everything grew to such a point as to necessitate splitting the editing among three people. It runs on faith and trust: faith that writers will continue to contribute, and trust that what they write will be a blessing to this ministry.

There is faith that the editors will find the time to edit the writers' work, and trust that the replies will be correlated and posted. There is faith in the ability of the technical overseer, and trust that he will keep things running smoothly. All are volunteers working behind the scenes for the common good; none seek to be singled out for recognition or praise.

Over the years, some 194 writers have contributed, and, with the exception of a few, the rest of us have not met face to face.

Recently, this website was in need of a new server, a fact at first known by only a few. A prayer was posted on the prayer line, perhaps missed by many, but it was there.

Many people prayed and worked behind the scenes while Ian MacCready of PCCWeb and Jane Anne Waller, our Daily Subscription and Feedback Editor, worked for days on end to find a new server. Finally, Jane Anne found a company that graciously agreed to meet this ministry's needs within the allotted budget.

Then the switchover needed to be made. This is something far beyond my comprehension, but, in the words of Robin — who on the surface had made the transition seem so smooth — "Moving to a new server meant that I had to go through all the pages and scripts, and change the links and file names". (This, because of differences in the way things were done on the previous and the present servers.)

How many who read this know not what went on these past few weeks! How many among us have little or no idea what it took to make the changeover and what it takes to keep it running, ensuring we get our Daily greeting, like that of a faithful friend?

I am reminded of the many things in which we partake on a daily basis without giving a second thought as to how they come to be — the greatest of which are our God-given things every day, and the countless ways He continually works "behind the scenes" in our lives.

Prayer: Our heavenly Father, remind us to take a moment each day to consider and be thankful for the many and wondrous ways in which You work behind the scenes in our lives. May we be ever cognizant that You send the sunlight in the middle of our storms; You put people in our paths to assist us when we suddenly seem at loose ends; You open another door when one door closes. In thanking You, help us also to be thankful for those who work on your behalf. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, we pray. Amen.

About the author:

Mary Daniel <marydee@shaw.ca>
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

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