Lessons from My Laptop’s Demise

I had a post planned for yesterday, a summary of our last adult education class on discipleship and leadership. But I was delayed by the untimely demise of the hard drive on my laptop. It was the victim of a frustrated 15-year-old who couldn’t get a program to work and thought the laptop was tougher than it was.

Two lessons came out of this experience that I want to share. (Don’t worry, for those of you interested in the discipleship class summary, that’s still coming).

First, I was reminded of how grateful I am for my wonderful husband who is thoughtful, intelligent, and quite handy with computers in spite of no formal training. As soon as we realized the poor computer hard drive had bitten the dust, he went to work trying to fix my computer. He attempted to restore the hard drive with the data backed up on an external back-up drive we have. When that didn’t work, he got up first thing yesterday morning, removed the hard drive from the laptop, and headed out to our local computer store to purchase a new one. He found me a 500 gigabyte hard drive (almost twice the size I had) for a great price. He installed the hard drive in the laptop and restored all of my programs and data to the point they were at the last time it was backed up. I was able to check my email last night, but didn’t have time to post anything.

I seem to have forgotten lately how special my husband is. I’ve allowed myself to be irritated by little things that are of no consequence. I was reminded by this occurrence that what is important to me is important to him. I was reminded of how much he loves me.

The second lesson that came out of this experience was a bit more involved. As I mentioned, the demise of my hard drive was caused by my frustrated 15-year-old. He is a perfect example of that old adage “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” He sometimes exhibits the same frustration and short fuse I have since I was a child, and still do sometimes even now. I was reminded by this that I need to help him learn how to deal with his frustration in a more constructive manner. I know what has helped me to overcome my tendency to become easily frustrated, but I don’t think I have done a very good job of conveying what I have learned about this over the years to him.

Then this morning I was listening to my Christian playlist on my iPod. Just last week I added a CD by a band called Skillet, which my son listens to and recommended to me. They are a Christian band, but I haven’t had a chance to listen to the whole CD yet. So this morning, while I was getting dressed, their song “Monster” started playing. This is one of their songs that I have heard before, but I hadn’t paid attention to the words or thought about what made it a Christian song. At first listen, one would probably not think it is a Christian song. These are just some of the lyrics:

I feel it deep within, it’s just beneath the skin
I must confess that I feel like a monster
I hate what I’ve become, the nightmare’s just begun
I must confess that I feel like a monster

My secret side I keep hid under lock and key
I keep it caged but I can’t control it
‘Cause if I let him out he’ll tear me up, break me down
Why won’t somebody come and save me from this, make it end?

As I listened to it this morning, I was pondering what this song could mean from a Christian perspective. I realized that the “monster” is our sinful nature. The first step to realizing we need Christ is to realize that we all have a monster living “just beneath the skin.” This monster would like to tear us up and break us down. We all need someone to come save us! Just then the song ended and the very next song to play was “Consuming Fire” by Third Day:

Set this place on fire
Send your Spirit, Savior
Rescue from the mire
Show Your servant favor
Yesterday was the day that I was alone
Now I’m in the presence of Almighty God

I always have my iPod on shuffle, so I never know what will be next. I am convinced that God often takes control of what song will be next to help me learn something from the lyrics. In this case, the message I heard was that the answer to our struggle with the monster within, our struggle with our sinful nature (which can come out as frustration and a short fuse), is to call on God to send His Holy Spirit to rescue us from the mire and help us to overcome the monster.

Have I taught my son this truth as I should? He believes in Jesus, but I’m not sure I’ve helped him to understand the power of the Holy Spirit in his life. This is an important truth that must be passed on to the next generation. Have you passed this on to your children? I pray that you and I will ensure our children will spend now and forever in the presence of Almighty God, so that they will never be alone and never have to try to save themselves.

I was 24 hours without my laptop! It seemed like forever, and yet the blessings and wisdom that came from it were well worth it.

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.


14 Responses

  1. I like where you say you believe God controls what songs come to play next on your iPod. I too have experienced that, in where I also have my iPod on shuffle and a certain song will come on at the right time and totally lift me up. I’ve also heard from Christian radio stations like K-Love and Air1, how people have wrote them saying that a song came on at the right time that really helped them, and how for some it literally helped save their lives because they were contemplating suicide beforehand. I love how God can use music to really impact people’s lives.

    • Adam, Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I love my Christian music and how God uses it in my life and the lives of others. There is a song by Johnny Cash called “My God Is Real.” When you realize and truly believe He is real, then He can use all sorts of things to guide you. If you don’t, then you are going to miss all the messages He tries to share. Peace, Linda

  2. I think it’s wonderful that you actually remembered to back up everything (most people don’t), and I think it’s great that you used this as an opportunity to help your 15-year-old. Merry Christmas!

    • Todd, Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I actually have to give my husband the credit for having everything backed up – it was his idea and he’s the one who did all the backing-up! Peace and Merry Christmas, Linda

  3. Thank you Linda for making me remember all the goodness that my hubby did for me and taking my accountability when little monsters roam our home — the tree take it from the fruits, yay!

  4. Thanks Linda

    We sometimes take things (and others) for granted without even realizing.

    Thanks for the reminder that nothing in my life is by accident or coincidence and that God in His infinite wisdom has already made provision.

    Bless you for sharing. We’re all on this journey together. We trust Him to take us through.


  5. Now that’s a husband!

    God’s one-two blessing punches are sometimes the best. The songs were like that. The day without the laptop, as stressful as it must have been, also sounds like it too.

    God bless Linda

    • Craig, Yeah, I’ve kept him around for the past 24 years and I suppose there’s a reason. 😉 I know that when I complain about him the problem is really me and my attitude because he is a really great guy. As for the day without the laptop, I think the most stressful part was not knowing if I would be able to get my data back or if I would have to buy a whole new computer! I was quite surprised by my own reaction, though, that I didn’t fly off the handle with my son, which I totally would have done just a few years ago! God has defintely done some work in my heart over the years. Peace, Linda

  6. Linda –
    I love it when God shakes up our days so that He can remind us of things that need attention in our lives. Thanks for sharing this great story of your day!

  7. I love all that you learned without your laptop and from that experience. To me it seems He floods you. I loved the part about your husband and what he did to help you. Check. Good reminder for me to stay thankful for what he does do and not looking at what he doesn’t. 🙂 Thank you! About our children and what are we conveying. Check again. Mine is like a mirror. If I am stressed and sarcastic . . .well, so is she. If I am negative, so is she. My monster gets displayed twice! yikes!
    One thing that I tell a friend with teen boys is that sometimes we expect our kids to be where we are at in our walks. . .and they can’t be yet. But your son, he’s getting there because he has a mom and dad that love him and the Lord. We’ll just all pray with each other as we do our best to lead them on in Him! Love your post today!!!! 🙂 Love those life lessons!!!

    • Deb, What a great reminder = “sometimes we expect our kids to be where we are at in our walks. . .and they can’t be yet.” That is so true and something I needed to hear. I agree about the mirror thing – sometimes that’s good and sometimes it’s not! Peace, Linda

  8. Thank you for your heart. For reminding me that a husband who knows you is a great gift from God. For helping me to see I’m not the only one struggling with “have I led my children toward the light of God” and for making me smile when I remember the times a song that has come on is the exact right song at the exact right time. Coincidence? I KNOW it’s not. It’s a hug from a Father who loves me in my every day.

    • Robyn, Thank you for the wonderful, encouraging comment! I find it interesting that the posts that seem to help others the most are the ones in which I share my own struggles and concerns. As Christians, we are not alone; we have each other and the Holy Spirit to help us through the challenges of this broken world. Peace, Linda

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