Three weeks ago, my 2009 MacBook Pro bit the dust. First the screen kind of went green, and then it just died.
So, I dutifully made my appointment with my local Genius …
… who told me, “I can’t recommend that you fix this computer. They don’t make the parts for it anymore.”
For me, not having a computer is pretty much like a landscaper not having a lawn mower. He can cut the grass with a weed-eater, but it’s going to take a lot longer and not be nearly as effective.
My husband’s iPad became my weed-eater. The loss of my computer didn’t make my work impossible, but it did make it much more difficult.
Nine days after the death of my computer, I sent out an email to folks who receive my monthly RiverCross Update.
Within a day, a couple wrote to me that they would like to purchase a brand new MacBook Pro for me. I couldn’t believe it. Here’s what they said:
(We) are thankful to be able to partner with you in this very important work of being Christ’s hands, feet, and heart for these orphans! As you know, we share your heart for the children of the world who do not have a safe, loving family. Our desire is that this material machine will allow you to do crucial work for the minds, spirits, and bodies of these precious ones! God bless you in your work.
As you can guess, I was pretty blown away. A few days later …
… no more iPad weed-eater! Here’s what I learned from this situation:
Your challenge can be a catalyst toward essentialism.
Because using Bill’s iPad was like trying to cut the grass with a weed-eater, I reduced my computer time to the essential. I set aside lesser things and focused only on what was absolutely important. Even with my fancy new MacBook Pro, I’m committed to keeping the non-essential to a minimum. Could your challenge be the catalyst toward essentialism?
Your challenge can be the platform to deepen community.
When we honestly share our challenges, people are able to connect with us. They may not be able to fix our problems, but they can come alongside. We begin to experience the beauty of community rather than individuality. Is there someone who would be blessed to come alongside you in your challenge?
Your challenge can be the mechanism to deepen your trust in God.
I really didn’t see how my computer situation was going to work out. But I believed that God would provide exactly what I needed to do the work he has called me to. Although I wanted a quick fix, God, in his mercy, didn’t provide one. I had to wait. As a result, I had the joy of seeing God provide more abundantly that what I could have ever orchestrated. Could God use your challenge to deepen your trust in him?
How do you face challenges that make your work more difficult? Leave a comment, or connect with me on Facebook. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6