Yesterday, my son rushed into the room with his shoulders slumped and his face sad. “The charger is broken- it won’t charge the laptop and it just died”, he said. My husband went out and brought the laptop into our bedroom. He checked all the connections on the cord to see if it had been broken from the outside. It looked fine, so he assumed that it must be broken on the inside where we couldn’t see it.
I leaned over and said, “So what is the problem?”
“I don’t know,” he replied “but it is not working.”
“Great“, I humphed.
A few minutes later, I noticed that he had put the laptop down and didn’t seem too worried about it.
“Did you fix it?”I asked.
“Oh, yea I did”, he said. “The connection just needed to be cleaned. It was just dirty. After I cleaned it, it connected just fine and now it is charging.”
I was glad as I had already ran through the nightmare senario of going to computer store, having them check the laptop and charger to see where the problem really was then hopefully getting out of there with only having to buy a new charging cable, if we were lucky. The solution was actually so much simpler than that- the connection points just needed to be cleaned. That was it.
It made me think of how we tend to rush over the simple things in our lives and spend most of our time on the “big issues”. Sometimes we just need to recognize that the simple connection points matter and they need to be cleaned up every once in a while.
Just like with our laptop and the charger cable, there are small connection points in our lives that play an important role and when it isn’t working, eventually nothing is working. So, Instead of jumping to the big issues and assuming that something major is broken on the inside that we can’t see, maybe we just need to check the connection point.
Maybe it is that simple.
Start with your connection with God and ask Him to take a look at your heart. Life can leave deposits on our heart like hard water does on a shower; it make make everything look dingy and cloudy instead of clear and sparkly.
It is amazing what a difference it makes when your heart is clear and your connection with God is restored to full power.
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”
(Psalm 51:10-12 NIV)