It’s been a while since my last post but this one make up for all those I intended to write! Since the mission trip, I had all intention of writing each month with thoughtful insights, reflections,etc. However, between work, business travel, illness and just being plain exhausted, I haven’t gotten around to it…..until today. The day before Thanksgiving, I finally have a day off. So, as you read this humorous account of my life :), remember this is really a Thanksgiving message.
The title of this post basically describes my past 24 hours. Yes, I paid $1200 for a cup of coffee, but not just any coffee. This was coffee brought home from the Philippines that ranked in the top 3 of the best coffee I’ve ever tasted. This was coffee that was specially prepared with just the right amount of sugar and creamer…..steaming hot coffee that I prepared to drink leisurely as I sat down at my desk with my 2 month old Mac Airbook to work on a few remaining projects so I could enjoy the holiday weekend. Then it happened….in almost slow motion, the entire cup spilled all over my laptop and entire desk! (insert the long, exaggerated NO-O-O-O here). I can’t remember what happened next except that I was running to the linen closet to grab a towel to try to dry the laptop as coffee soaked every paper on my desk and dripped to the floor. It was a pitiful sight to see and I had to be in shock because I didn’t scream, cry, or anything that required major emotional energy. I calmly dried the computer and contacted Apple for what to do next. So, at their suggestion, my laptop spent the night encased in white rice, hoping that it would extract the remaining liquid and I would wake up this morning with a fully functioning computer. I don’t think I’ve ever prayed over uncooked rice but last night I did :).
This morning, I awoke to a laptop that….still didn’t work and after a stop at the store to confirm it would never work, I had to buy a new one. Yes, that one cup of delicious coffee cost me $1200! Yes, a very expensive lesson and warning to everyone else that liquids next to electronics don’t mix.
However, there is a deeper lesson when I look at this circumstance through a different perspective. I realize that as an American, I’m part of the most blessed people on the globe. Things I take for granted are considered to be luxuries by the many on the globe. Like you, I’m thankful for my church, family, friends, home, job,etc. However, it’s important that my prayers of gratitude are not just for those things and for one day of the year. The fact that my eternal life is secure in Christ because of His sacrifice for me, while I was still a sinner, brings me to my knees and to a lifetime of gratitude. Additionally, I’m thankful for:
- God and His Goodness
- Jesus Christ,Our Lord and Savior
- God’s Deliverance From Adversity
- God’s Ultimate Deliverance through Salvation
- God’s Provision
- Answered Prayers
- Troubles in Life…(yes, even troubles are part of His plan)
So, as you get the house ready for family and guests, prepare that fabulous meal,etc. and something doesn’t quite go right…remember what God has done, is doing and will do for those who choose Him as their Lord and Savior.