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December 31, 2013

Prayers answered, with precision

Filed under: Personal — Tags: , , , , — llcall @ 12:28 am

Several months ago my laptop started to give me the blue screen of death.

It told me it needed to check the disks “for consistency,” first every once in a while; then every single day. All this was after the mouse had died completely; the interface between the battery and computer had become temperamental, sometimes telling me it had 6 hours left and 2 minutes later, dying completely; and the power cord had apparently shorted out in such a way that I had to perform nightly rituals to get it charging (squeeze as hard as possible, lift above my head, drop it to the ground, flick top; repeat).

Neal was excited that I needed a new laptop; he loves any excuse to scour Slickdeals. But I was insistent that it wasn’t time yet. It wasn’t in our budget for 2013 and I’d been feeling major financial stress with our move, so I refused to even consider it. Having no real tech knowledge, I wasn’t sure how to make this laptop last, so I did the only (free) thing I could think of. I prayed: please help this laptop get me through this semester of teaching. Just this semester. Please. PLEASE. It’s so ridiculous that some of my most fervent prayers in life have been over this laptop, but so it is.

slow internet

Neal thinks I’m incredibly impatient with technology — if he had had this little piece of Whitney Cummings (whoever she is) advice earlier, our marriage and Addison might not exist. But I think even he will have to admit that it takes real patience to work with the mouse/battery/power cord/blue screen of death situation I’ve been dealing with for three whole months, especially when I spend a good 16 hours a day on the computer.

On Thursday evening I submitted my final semester grades. On Friday morning I sent my final email to the other online instructors I’ve supervised this semester. On Friday afternoon the power cord was blinking even more unnaturally than usual, the battery indicator light was shining red (red = bad), and the laptop began beeping ceaselessly. And then it was dead. It’s Monday now and none of my ritualistic endeavors to revive it have been successful.

Of course, I was put out at first. I may have done some moans and sighs (possibly my famous karate chop hands in combination). It would have been nice to finish the article that’s due this Thursday on my regular laptop with access to all my files! If only it just could have worked until we got home from our Christmas visits! (If only it could have lasted FOREVER so I would never have to spend money on another laptop again!)

But really, it was important to notice that it lasted just until I finished my semester. And absolutely no longer. Which is exactly what I asked God to do for me. I’ve never been very comfortable with praying, so it’s awfully smart/sneaky of Him to send me this very direct message. Well played.

The new laptop is in hand now, thanks to a super $200 Best Buy deal. And it has Windows 8 and a touchscreen and a home screen to mimic a tablet — new-fangled technology, ugh! I’ll probably need to say some more prayers to get through this new trial . . .



  1. That is pretty amazing, Lindsay. Sometimes prayers are so obviously answered that it seems God is definitely sending a clear message. I think it helps to have those experiences that He is mindful of us as a reminder when answers are not quite as clear. It is so easy to forget moments like this, so I am glad you wrote it down and shared it.

    Comment by Sabrina — December 31, 2013 @ 5:09 am

  2. That is an incredibly cheap laptop! Kudos to Neal for his scouring skills! So glad you were able to get through the semester and I fervently hope you had everything backed up to dropbox 🙂

    Comment by kei02003 — December 31, 2013 @ 3:35 pm

  3. Oh I can’t imagine how frustrating that would be, especially because you have an entire class to teach with your lap top. My brother loves Slickdeals and went straight to that when mine started to fail me. I am so happy that your prayers were answered. Heavenly Father is really amazing that way to know exactly what we need. Good luck with the new technology, it sounds difficult!

    Comment by Brianna — January 1, 2014 @ 7:38 pm

  4. Reminds me of an experience I recorded here: I’m proud of you for recognizing that you got “enough” even if you had wanted more. And congrats on the new laptop! Mine is starting to have a few issues, but I’m inspired by your patience—I think I’ve got a while before I can justify a new one (especially since it’s definitely not in my 2014 budget either!).

    Comment by Victoria — January 4, 2014 @ 2:38 am

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