Learning curves

Learning how to use my new laptop a couple of years ago
Learning how to use my new laptop a couple of years ago

For technologically-challenged people like me, the learning curve of adjusting to a new computer can be almost as stressful as having the old one die. Yesterday my old one died in the morning and my new one arrived in the afternoon. By God’s truly amazing grace, I remained calm and positive all day and late (very late) into the night.

I’d ordered the new computer last Saturday. My old computer was working fine and I didn’t want to spend the money on a new one. And I was busy preparing presentations for multiple speaking engagements, so I certainly didn’t want to take time for even the gentlest learning curve. But because Microsoft no longer supported Windows XP, I needed to make this radical change.

Preparing speaking presentations kept me from taking time to back up recently. I finalized the last presentation on Tuesday and intended to back up like mad on Wednesday.

But Wednesday dawned with the distressing discovery that I couldn’t use my desktop. Apparently a virus infected it. I rejoiced that I could access my speaking presentations from my laptop, and that my new computer was on its way.

It came that afternoon, a day before its earliest anticipated arrival date. I was thrilled when I saw the UPS man carrying a DELL package.

“You won’t believe this,” I told him. “My old computer died this morning!”

“Really?” He grinned. “You must be living right.”

I wanted to tell him it wasn’t so much a matter of me living right as it was the amazing providence of my awesome God, but I didn’t think of it before he was back in his truck. And I still stood in the front hall with my jaw on the floor.

With the help of a talented son, I was able to get the new computer set up and copy files off the old one. Still I wondered about things that aren’t as simple as copying files: remembering passwords, accessing email, and all my favorite internet bookmarks.

This morning I want to share that things are going pretty well. I didn’t know if I’d ever blog again, but here I am! I feel like the Psalmist, “The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance” (Psalm 16:6, ESV).

For weeks, I’ve seen God stretching and blessing me in ways beyond my imaginings. He’s even keeping my technology-bald tires on the road through the new computer learning curve.

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6 thoughts on “Learning curves

    1. Thanks for your prayers, Angela! God’s timing is perfect, and so is his equipping grace. The presentations went amazingly well and it was an incredible experience to speak in prisons.

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