Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Sometimes i don't really like God's sense of humor

I'm not a very generous person, naturally. I wish I could say I am. My husband has the spiritual gift of giving and is often willing to give more than I think is prudent...because what if WE might need it.

So when my oldest friend in the world mentioned in passing that her hand-me-down laptop only has a 20 minute battery life, all of a sudden I just decided to give her my old laptop...I've had my new one for a year and the old one was just collecting dust. This is VERY uncharacteristic of me. I told Roger my plan, and I enlisted close friends to pack it in their luggage and meet up with her in Chicago, so I wouldn't have to pay to send it. Roger spent hours getting it ready and didn't ever mention anything about why we were giving it away or who we were giving it to. Like I said, he is generous.

Just 5 days later my own laptop stopped working.

Lest you feel really sorry for me...remember, I'm married to a geek, so we have more than one computer. I'm not at the library blogging; I'm standing in my kitchen. It's just so strange how I finally gave without even thinking...and really I wasn't even expecting God to give me a pat on the back...but I wasn't expecting to get a piece of coal in my stocking either. I don't regret giving my gift...even knowing that my own machine is sitting dead by the edge of the couch...and I wouldn't want it back...its just I don't get it...what's the punchline, Lord?


At 1:54 PM, Blogger Sherrie said...

Maybe this has happened so when your laptop is fixed you will share the same thrill of receiving your laptop (back) that your friend will have on recieving the laptop from you. Perhaps God wants you to have the blessing of both sides of that equation, e.g., the pleasures that come from giving & recieving (??)
Optimistically :~) Sherrie

At 11:44 AM, Blogger Mellifluous said...

Well, I found out the laptop is still under warranty...we bought it over a year ago, but because we already had to have most of the parts replaced once, then it is covered. :) Hooray! I don't mind too much anymore.

At 11:22 AM, Blogger Emily said...

since i am the friend who received the old laptop (and, yes, experienced a definate thrill in the receiving!!!) i am VERY glad to hear that your current laptop is still under warranty!

even tho you weren't expecting God to pat you on the back, i hope you know how much *I* wanted to be able to just that- preferably while engulfing you in a huge bear-hug! Although you can't tell by my blog (sorry), I have used it with delight in order to log on from my bedroom, living room, dining room, family room... and i am excited about using it to complete some projects i've dreamed up (one of them being for Katrina)- so THANK YOU for your spontaneous generosity, melissa! I love you!


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