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Mac Junkie

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I’m an addict. I didn’t know I was until last week when the power cord on my Mac started smoking and the screen went blank. Suddenly my pleasant, peaceful demeanor  became unglued. No computer meant no internet, no writing. I had a power cord for my old Mac in storage and I retrieved it thinking that might work. Nothing. I called a friend who suggested two possibilities: the cord I was trying didn’t have enough voltage and I needed to buy another, or the faulty old one had fried the hard drive and I was screwed. I laid hands on the little apple that usually glowed with such a warm welcome and prayed, “Be healed…. I need you!”

I went to the local Mac Store, on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year. I didn’t care. I had one small seed of hope… the Mac Genius! I needed help. They had an immediate opening. I was elated, but harboring the conviction that bad news awaited me. The Genius (it is good to have friends who are geniuses) plugged in a new cord and there it was, the glow of the little apple announcing my Mac lived, resurrected by the guy at the Genius Bar (I will never make fun of that name again). I paid for my cord and reverently walked out the door, my next fix assured.

I’ve been thinking about the Apostle Paul lately. In Philippians 4:4 he commands to rejoice in the Lord always. The whole letter is called the “Epistle of Joy”. It’s remarkable because Paul wrote it while in jail. He understood something powerful about rejoicing in all circumstances, but I want to point out, he didn’t have to worry about his Mac crashing.