To certain members of the Ross household it felt like the end of the world – our internet had stopped working at home! While we waited for an engineer to come and fix the problem I bought a mobile wifi dongle thingy (I’m using all my best technical language here!) to create a wifi hotspot using mobile data.
I brought it home and unboxed it, turned it on and connected to it via my laptop. I immediately got a good connection to the gadget but no internet.
Then I did the unthinkable, I decided to read the instructions (thankfully these were in the box and not just available online). Having discovered I had done everything right I started trying to open and to adjust settings.
After some time I decided it was time to bring out the big guns and use the greatest technical solution I could think of.
Yes, I turned it on and off again!
It connected instantly to laptop but no internet – AARGHHH!! I even turned it off and took the sim card out and reinserted it and still nothing – double AARGHHH!
I decided that perhaps my laptop was at fault so I tried it with my phone and then a tablet (a computery thing, not paracetamol silly!)
In all I tried to get this thing to work for three hours – that’s AARGHHH x lots!
One of the saddest things about this whole episode was that if I am honest, it was fairly obvious within half an hour that the gadget was broken.
That’s right, I wasted hours trying to make something work that I knew deep down was broken, how crazy is that?
As I thought about this later I wondered if this is a picture of where I sometimes go wrong in life? I get it in my head that I will achieve something and so I keep trying and trying without giving God a look in because I can cope!
Sometimes we need to let go and let God.
Perseverance isn’t wrong but sometimes when we serve God, it’s ony him that can open the way.
At the red sea, Moses could have tried to build rafts but it wouldn’t have ended well when the Egyptians turned up!
When a hungry crowd was in front of him, Jesus could have tried to break the loaves and fishes into really small pieces but it wouldn’t have worked.
Sometimes we need to let go and let God do a miracle but the key is letting God lead.
So we returned the faulty device and were given a refund. Oh and randomly the internet started working at home again!