Funny thing happened on the way to the devotional this morning -
Well, not really FUNNY, more like catastrophic.
I started my computer early, getting ready to post and E-mail my daily devotional, and went to the kitchen to fix coffee while it was booting up.
When I returned, I faced the dreaded blue screen.
I shut it off, waited, started it again.
Got an error message saying Windows failed to start.
I ran the app that fixes the windows start up.
I ran the app that does a system restore.
I continued through the laundry list of programs designed to fix the computer, and every one failed.
There was one program left.
Erase the entire C drive, and restore the computer to the condition it was in when I bought it.
I would loose everything; all my passwords, all my programs, all my devotionals, all my messages for church, all my bible software -
Of course everything CAN be replaced, but it would take many weeks and months of work to do all of that.
I felt completely defeated; I decided that if that was my only option, I would simply disappear from the cyberworld and live out the rest of my life without the internet, E-mail, discussion groups, web-sites, etc.
I turned the computer off for the dozenth time and just sat here staring at the blank screen. I thought about how my ministry would simply cease to exist outside of the four walls of Bethany Church. I put my hand on the Keyboard, and prayed. I asked God to take care of this problem, because it was, at this point in my life, more than I could handle.
After the prayer, I turned the power back on again.
The computer started completely normally.
I shut it down and off, and re-started it again.
I shut it down again, and re-started it.
I brought up Norton and did a full system scan.
900,000 files were scanned over the next two hours, with zero problems found.
I shut it down and off again, and re-started it.
Everything is fine.
NO virus, NO glitch, NO problems whatsoever.
Let me see now -
A dozen starts in a row failed.
I tried every solution, and all failed.
I prayed about it.
Started normally five times in a row after that.
Coincidence? Loose connection on a card edge? Hole in my bit-bucket?
I don't think so.
I will give the glory to God, who created the universe and everything in it.
And is able to fix a computer.
Christ told me to arm myself. If you want me disarmed - - Molon Labe.