It’s been quite frustrating from the human point of view. It started with a simple service call to replace a couple of case fans on a computer I built for someone a few years ago.
That computer then stopped working right after the job was done. Given the age of the hardware, that’s not shocking in itself, but it was wholly unexpected. And the lady had been planning to replace it anyway, so it was just a matter of timing. She didn’t plan on having to replace it so soon, though she happened to have the money for it. So a replacement was ordered from another supplier because I was no longer confident with the one that provided the previous hardware.
Then she decided not to have all of her eggs in one basket and picked up a laptop, too. And as I was trying to help her get this new system all set up with her favorite collection of software, we started having network trouble. After poking around her DSL modem, I began wondering if the thing was hijacked. I had trouble keeping connected to the modem interface itself. She called someone she knew who could help her with the technical details I couldn’t have known about her DSL connection (cable is not available in her area). For all he could tell, the modem itself was failing. Either way, we didn’t get far with the set up process because we couldn’t keep a reliable Internet connection working.
You get the picture: How many things can go wrong at once? Just when I’m there to help out with a few issues, everything dies on me. She doesn’t blame me for anything; she knows how this stuff works. But it seems just crazy that it all comes apart at the same time.
Of course, I say this is a good time to get stuff like that out of the way. She’s ordered a new DSL modem that has all the latest networking features, and two new computers that can run the latest and greatest software, so she’ll be future-proof. Once everything arrives and is properly set up, she’ll be in good shape for several years. It was all unexpected, but it fits what I believe God is doing right now.
My heart says to persevere because the Lord is actually trying to protect her from what’s coming. I’m going to keep working with her situation until it’s back on track for her business. I believe His favor rests on her, despite what it appears in the flesh. I’m reminded to think about what’s coming and how this fits the pattern of my convictions.