Sunday started as a good day for three reasons:
- The church van driver that was supposed to stop driving at the end of March only had a three week break. This allowed me to stay through the end of service instead of leaving after Invitation.
- This prevented cramming up to seven adults in one van and my having to listen to the non-stop jabber of the mentally challenged lady who sat next to me. It was unfortunate that they were sick and had missed service.
- There would’ve been plenty of time to listen to music and play with the new Pogo.com app on my phone after getting home---minus the headphones.
How quickly things changed. Satan and his minions were determined to ruin a blessed day. The cold front that went through late Saturday afternoon brought with it up to two inches of rain, helped along by the first cloud seeding and cold north winds that made my shoulders hurt before noon on Friday last. While on the phone with my mother, the lights went out, which cut off my landline connection, messed up every digital clock in the house, and cut the heat.
Jonah 1:16-17 (NIV)
16 At this the men greatly feared the Lord, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows to him.
17 Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
With the last bit of power on my smart phone, a search on the Oncor website revealed that strong winds were responsible for the power outage of which nine areas were affected in and around Wichita County leaving 4,500 people without power until approximately 6 p.m. that evening. Luckily everything returned to normal almost 90 minutes later.
Lucifer was not finished with me yet. While playing Word Whomp via the Pogo app, it locked up my phone an hour later. Even using the back button was impossible. After my home screen slowly emerged, my thinking was plugging it to the charger would’ve set things right. How wrong that was! It took me three hours getting the restart button to work. My efforts to turn the phone off or get it to restart bought up every other function, including family and friends numbers one wouldn’t have dared calling after nine or ten at night. After AT&T gave me the runaround last August, avoiding them was paramount. At least, when the restart button took affect, the white section that showed my favorite apps was restored--minus the clock and one other app. It could’ve been much worse.
Romans 5: 2-4 (NIV)
2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.
The Jonah Day that emerged Sunday afternoon and evening did not end after midnight. My laptop gave me trouble Monday night and Tuesday afternoon while surfing one of my affiliate sites. Monday night, a blue screen cut my access on line and restarted my laptop twice. That meant one should’ve run their antivirus program because something was wrong with the hard drive. Tuesday afternoon, that same sight had mail in my spam folder, getting them to function slowed down or stalled my laptop, so those were returned there.Clearing the history, temporary internet files, and running the FixBee Disk Optimizer made things run smoother.