Aug 16, 2008

remote control

The other day we had computer problems. One of our laptops was connecting to the internet, but the other laptop couldn't find the wireless network and connect. For a couple days, JD and I just shared my laptop. Then I decided to try to figure out on my own what was wrong with his connection.

I don't know why I thought I could. I'm not that great with computers. I guess I just know enough to think I might be able to fix it. And enough to make him think I could fix it. After all, I've figured things out on my own before. I'm pretty good at fixing things and working things out. I could do this.

I couldn't. Another day or two went by. Finally, with JD needing his laptop connection, realizing that I was the only one who would have time (and patience) enough to do it, I called our wireless provider. "Your wireless network is working," said the Charter technical support guy. "Your computer's wireless signal must be turned off." So, I figured out how to turn it on and still couldn't connect.

So I placed a call to Dell. "Your wireless network is not configured on the computer," said the Dell technical support guy. "I'm going to have to remotely access your other computer to find out your network key. Will that be okay?" So, with my permission, he got on my computer and walked me through how to fix the network connection.

Remote Control. It's pretty amazing. Pretty simple. A little scary. And a lot more effective than doing it on my own.

Like when I try to fix my own problems. God, my Technical Support, is standing by. He's there 24/7. A toll free prayer away. Yet I tend to want to try to figure it out on my own. Thinking I can fix it when I don't really know what's going on.

And God, who made me, who knows me, who understands me is patiently waiting for me to give him permission to have access to my life. And when I do, it's amazing. It's simple. It's scary. But, man is it effective!

"Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." John 15:4-5

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