I wanted to share 2 lessons I learned last week – 1. Keep water away from your computer (you likely knew that one already). 2. You can feel pure joy even when it looks like things are going all wrong.
I was working on my couch and accidentally tipped a cup which splashed a small amount of water on my closed laptop. I wasn’t concerned and quickly wiped the top off and set it aside while I attended to drying the UNO cards that had been soaked. When I came back to my computer it wouldn’t turn on.
At the Apple store I received condolences from the technicians as they informed me it would be shipped out and likely gutted. There wasn’t much chance of saving any of my information (note to self: invest in an external hard drive). But I found it impossible to feel devastated about it.
The following morning as I pondered about what had happened I received the distinct impression that there was a great purpose in this situation. My natural feeling was to rejoice and give thanks (though it seemed illogical). Even though I didn’t know what the hidden blessings were, I expressed a sincere gratitude. I actually felt joyful about my broken computer!
Interestingly, throughout the day it was difficult to hang on to this feeling. I kept remembering what was on my laptop; items that would take hours to re-create or that may be irreplaceable. I started feeling overwhelmed at all that would have to be done and had mental complainings throughout the day. I know from experience that when I am feeling overwhelmed it is a sign of being disconnected from my Creator and not taking in the divine help that is always available. I needed to show a level of trust and place myself and my situation in divine hands. Reliable hands. A truth was whispered to me that helped shift my mindset:
“It can be hard to accept divine gifts that come wrapped in unusual packaging.”
I knew it was to my own advantage to embrace the situation and return to the joy I had felt that morning. In the scriptures we are commanded to be grateful in all things. Why is that? Does the Creator NEED our gratitude? Or is it us that need the softness of heart and connection that it brings? And there are usually additional unseen blessings on top of that. Can even the ugly and awful benefit us? There is a quote I love that says, “No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted…All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable.” -Orson F. Whitney
When my computer returned, they had replaced almost everything, including the screen – except for the hard drive. It truly was a miracle and I am SO grateful! However, the important lesson here is that I felt gratitude when I was connected to the divine, even when I assumed all was almost certainly lost. As we remain connected, we have the ability not only to endure our trials, but to trust there are blessings in them for us (and to feel the joy of those blessings). Relatively, a lost computer is a small trial and you likely are experiencing or have experienced much more trying circumstances. Have faith that no matter how ugly it looks, by staying connected to your Creator it will indeed be to your advantage in the end.
Many blessings to you!