Grand Dude and I are training for a fall marathon. We both have all the gadgets, shoes, etc. I have a GPS watch that I absolutely adore. It frees me from marked trails since it'll keep tabs of how far I've run.
Last week I was on one of my long runs and about the last mile, the battery suddenly went dead. I thought, it just needs a recharge. So, I plugged it in and charged it right back up. I went on a run the next day and I was only ½ mile into it and the battery died again.
Grrrr! I thought perhaps I plugged it in wrong .. it can be a little quirky that way. Once again, charged it up to 100%, verified it was at 100% and once again on my run it died about ½ mile into my run.
Now, I'm cranky! I go to the manufacturer website to search for a solution and noticed that there was new firmware... so I download it to my watch. Charged it up, went for a run and guess what … AGAIN it died!
Now, I'm really cranky! Back to the website I go searching for an answer. I finally give up and call the Customer Support who told me that after the firmware update it takes about 3 cycles of charging it up and letting it drain before it takes hold.
This makes no sense to me … I'm in IT and hardware either works or it doesn't. But with no other course of action to take, I decided to follow the advice.
After the third time of completely draining, the battery charge took hold. Yeah, A Miracle!!! I still don't understand why it took 3 cycles of draining battery; but to be honest it doesn't matter.
When I was on my run today wearing my watch, it struck me how similar this experience is with my faith in different aspects of my life. Lessons I was reminded of:
1. When I'm frustrated I need to look for a different way.
2. I don't need to do it alone, seek advice from someone more knowledgeable
3. I may be told to do something that logically makes no sense to me.
4. I need to have faith and do the footwork of what I've been instructed to do
5. Have gratitude when the miracle happens.
Most importantly, I was reminded I don't need to understand why it worked, it works and that is enough for me.
Debbi Dickinson has been a single divorced mother for 9 years. She has a teenage daughter. Debbi is also a recovered alcoholic for 9 years who’s marriage didn’t survive her getting sober.
Newly sober and divorced she struggled with reclaiming her life and writes about her experiences in her blogs. Through her own mistakes, she shares her experience, strength and hope for the bright future which today she now enjoys.
She is intimately familiar with the struggles of single parents endure whether it’s answering our children’s questions about divorce, spending holidays alone or finding love again. She also tackles topics such as dealing with ex-spouse, setting boundaries and steps to reclaiming You!
Debbi is widely published including being regularly featured in Huffington Post.