God is so good. I am so aware of His awesome and abundant love today, and thought I would share one encouraging little story of answered prayer with you, although there are quite a few more I could and would like to write about...
Yesterday got off to a very bad start. Straight after breakfast, Ben decided to climb all over me - and knocked the entire contents of my cup of tea all over himself, me - and the laptop....!! Needless to say panic rose in me very rapidly, as it dawned on me that this delicate piece of engineering was likely to be beyond repair. I was really not a happy mummy. And I am ashamed to say that I was also terrified of how my husband would react, as he absolutely HATES when things get broken.
My immediate reaction was to swear very loudly. (This doesn't happen all that often...)
My second was to text all my friends and ask them to pray: that we would be able to get the thing sorted out, and that Mark would be able to respond without being (too) angry!
A quick phone call to the computer repair man reassured me that worst things have happened and that it was a good job it wasn't beer!! He then told me I'd have to wait for it to dry out before we could try switching it on again, later on in the day.
We waited. And then tried. Several times. And every time it was looking less likely that it would ever work again...Just before going to bed last night, it even started making horrible 'dying' noises and wouldn't switch on anymore at all.
So when I had a dream in the middle of the night, where the computer's little green lights were flickering, and the thing had suddenly come back to life, an incredible sense came over me that it was going to be ok.
Mark tried switching it on again as soon as he got up this morning. And without any fuss whatsoever, it came on, and worked absolutely perfectly!!! - There is only a minor problem with the mouse-pad, which isn't responding so we are using a hand-held one for the time being (this is taking some getting-used to, but it's a little price to pay for a very silly mistake - that tea should never have been there in the first place...).
And I am so convinced that God in His grace heard all our prayers and worked a miracle in our computer!! And in our marriage, as there was not a hint of stress or accusation between us, and we were calm and rational in dealing with the whole situation...He knows our needs, (for example that we do not have the means to buy a new one just now, or even to have this one repaired.) He also knows how much I rely on this blog, and the internet, in my every day life... And while I relished having some time away from the computer, the long-term prospect of missing it was unbearable.
It blows me away that the Lord knows and loves me THAT intimately...
(Update: now even the mouse-pad works! Wow... Still can't get my head around this)