A Snack for the Spirit – “A Bite Out of the Apple”   4 comments

“Can you hear me? Can you hear me?”

For more than twenty-four hours I was having a problem with callers being able to hear my voice when I answered. I was about to turn my IPhone into a Frisbee.

After fifteen minutes or longer on the phone with an AT&T representative who tried to resolve the issue by prompting me to restore settings I was still muted when the next call came in.

The only solution was to take my defunct IPhone to the nearest Apple store. At least it was under warranty.  I was issued a new “device.” That’s what the tech at the genius bar called it.  My device needed help to be restored to the personalized, customized friend it once was. Having returned home to my bigger device, the mother-ship, MacBook Pro, I needed help from phone support at Apple to restore all my settings. It would still require a further investment of my time to get it back to where it was a day and a half earlier when I knew it as a “phone.”  In the detailed process of restoration, the familiar blue cylinder at the bottom of my computer screen was filling slower than the mercury in a thermometer in February.

I could only wait and follow the prompts of the representative.  To break the silence I asked, “Apple’s probably a Fortune 100 company now. Right? How do you like working for them?”

“Very much,” she said. “I was skirting bankruptcy before I came here.”

“Wow…You know…I was just with a group of friends and one of them was talking about bankruptcy. She said, ‘There must be a God because I don’t know how I’m paying all my bills and getting by without using credit cards anymore.’”

“Yeah…I’m really grateful,” the rep said before continuing. “Okay, let’s find the latest backup file. First, we’ll need to delete the older ones.”

Step by step I carefully did whatever she said.  Suddenly, I lost the screen I was working on. I had made an incorrect selection.

“Oh shit,” I said…”Excuse me…I’m sorry…I didn’t mean that. Thank God I’m not an astronaut.”

“That’s okay,” she said, “We’ll just go back.”

At last … There it was … My most recent back-up was ready to install but before I pressed the key of no return I asked, “This will be okay. Right?”

“Yes, just go ahead.”

In a flash I saw the text of a familiar app pop up as the install process began.

“Bible,” I said, “Thank God. Every IPhone should come installed with a bible app.”
The blue cylinder at the bottom of my screen was now filling at a slow but steady rate.  The text blinked, “10 minutes.”

“Okay, we’re going to be here a while,” I thought.

“Do you read the bible,” I asked.

“Yes, I do.”

“When I’m stuck on a line I’m so glad to have my bible app – If I need something inspiring or comforting to read – It helps me a lot.  I have a Big Book app too – That’s Alcoholics Anonymous. Do you go to church?”

“I do.”

“What denomination.”

“Episcopalian…My mother’s a recovering alcoholic for nineteen years now,” she said.

“Wow. That’s great. I’ve got twenty-six years.”

“My mom has lung cancer. I was really worried about her when she got diagnosed. She started to lose her faith…Blamed God…Didn’t even want to go to church anymore.

“I’m so sorry.  That’s the hardest thing. We’re all going to pass on one day but it’s so hard when our loved ones struggle with not knowing where they’re going and sickness challenges their faith.”
“Well, she’s much better now. The chemo is shrinking the tumor. She’s still not going to be cured but she’s come back to church. She even calls me on Sundays to ask me if I’m going. I’m so glad. It makes such a difference. She’s so much lighter.”

“That’s so good to hear. I believe that faith can heal everything. Maybe not the way we’d like but I know that everything is spiritual. I know people even struggle with the existence of Jesus but who can argue with a calendar that’s based on the death of one man.  B.C. – Before Christ.  I believe we’re all going to see Jesus again on the other side – Sometimes I imagine Jesus as a greeter or a ticket-taker at the door of this great party – Whether you believe or not – He’s there.

“I know,” she said, “I believe we’re all here to learn lessons and when we’re done we get to go.  I do a lot of work with the women in my church helping people.”

“Really! I am so glad you told me this.  Now, I know there’s two branches of Episcopalian since Gene Robinson, the gay priest was made bishop.  I hope you’re on the inclusive side because I’m also gay.

“Oh! I am. Only God can judge. How can I say that someone’s choice is a sin?”

The blue bar was filled up. My “device” was restored and so was I.

Posted December 2, 2010 by doreenbirdsell in Snacks for the Spirit

4 responses to “A Snack for the Spirit – “A Bite Out of the Apple”

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  1. Doreen – I throughly enjoyed reading your blog. See you on the 18th. Take care and God Bless you. Love…

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  2. “Our Father, bless our eyes today so that we may read Doreen’s blog. Doreen, you are gifted, talented, and loved by so many. that was great!

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    • Thank you for your beautiful prayer Sandy – I prayed that God would use me to be a blessing and in the process I was blessed to you, by you.

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  3. What a wonderful exchange with a stranger. You actually talked with someone, not a computer, who one day you will meet where there will be no divisions amongst people, no Episcopalians, Baptists, etc…or Iphones!

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