Things to Do When Computers Take a Lunch Break

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Don’t you hate it when technology gets sassy before 6:00am?

This morning, it took forever for me to get to work because my computer was not cooperating.  In fact, this is one of the error messages that popped up warning me I was about to engage in an argument with a computer with an attitude.

Warning:  unresponsive script (not responding)

You don’t say.

Have you ever thought that computers suffer from multiple personality disorder? One day it acts like a toddler, the next an unruly teen, and the next a crotchety old lady.  Today, with its smart aleck response, I’m thinking my computer most resembles the teen.

As I sat there patiently waiting for my computer to shape up and stop giving me lip, several things ran through my brain.

If you’re gonna try to be funny at 5:30am why not get a little more creative.  At least I would be more entertained as I waited:

Warning: Unresponsive script (is out to lunch)
Warning: Unresponsive script (has fallen and can’t get up!)
Warning: Unresponsive script (has head in the clouds)
Warning: Unresponsive script (has accompanied Elvis out of the building) Okay, that’s the second Elvis reference this week, what is up with that?

The next thought that ran through my brain was the verse in the Bible that says, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives”  Genesis 50:20

I know those are huge contrasting thoughts but I think I also suffer from multiple personality (especially before 6:00am).

I thought about that verse in the context of horrible inconveniences and detours that life sometimes takes.  My computer issue this morning by no means fits into that category, but still, there are so many lessons tucked away in detours. When our plans don’t play out the way we think they should, growth and progress can still happen.

I had no idea what I was going to write about this morning.  It wasn’t until this inconvenience started to unfold that an idea was born.  This made me remember something else:

Sometimes our most creative or productive work can be accomplished in the detours.  Think about that verse above, it’s Joseph talking about all the detours in his life and all the good that was born out of the bad.

That’s all I’ve got today.   My computer issues have me behind schedule with today’s plans.

Or, maybe, I’m not behind schedule.  Maybe, I’m right on time.   Maybe, I’m right where I’m supposed to be.

Question:   What have you learned lately due to a life detour?

4 thoughts on “Things to Do When Computers Take a Lunch Break

  1. Joy Lenton

    This made me laugh and nod in sympathy. When life derails us it can feel like everything is falling apart. But the opposite may be true. God uses all things to shape and make us into the people He wants us to be and to develop Christ-likeness in us. Those things sent to try our patience could be gifts of grace, blessings in disguise.
    I know the most important spiritual lessons I have learnt took place in seasons of dark soul night despair and pain. Nothing made me lean harder on God than the removal of other props.
    Though He works with us all individually. We cannot always say bad things or inconveniences come in a deliberate way from His hands. Yet God specialises in bringing good out of those things the enemy uses to harm us.
    Sorry, Eileen. I seem to have taken this topic and run with it! Look what your thoughts have started. Thank you 🙂 Xx

    1. Eileen Post author

      Great thoughts, Joy. I would definitely agree that many of the bad things/detours/inconveniences in our life are not from Him. But I do love that He finds a way to do just like you said…use these things for good.

  2. Jeremy Riley

    Loved this post! I greatly dislike that warning! It always drives me nuts when you hit save and then an error pops up “couldn’t process your request, try again?” and then it erases everything!!!! Never write anything on WordPress unless you have it saved elsewhere first. [rant over]

    Detours do make great fodder for posts, especially if you capture them right after. I’ve found I need to write down the idea or whole post either in the moment or shortly after it.


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