A few weeks ago, one of our daughters accidentally bumped and spilled approximately 2 cups of hot tea directly onto our laptop. Immediately, the laptop shut down and went completely black. By the grace of God, my first concern was whether or not she was alright and God gave me an abundant amount of compassion for our girl. I knew she felt terrible. After making sure she was ok and not burned, I flipped the laptop upside down and watched a ridiculous amount of tea pour from the laptop. Having heard enough stories similar to ours, I knew the chances of the laptop ever working again were probably not very great. The very laptop that holds all of our files for school, pictures, music, budget, etc. While we do back up our files regularly to an external hard drive, it had been a longer length of time than normal and I knew that I was in trouble if I couldn’t recover our files. My mind immediately began thinking what this would mean for school and life in general.
Since I am not the techy genius in our family, I called my husband to let him know what happened and to ask if there is anything that I should do. He told me to remove and dry the wet battery and just let the laptop sit until he got home. Shortly after hanging up with him, he sent our daughter, who caused the spill, a couple of text messages to let her know that he loves her and that he wasn’t angry or upset with her. That alone was enough to bring tears to my eyes, but the next message he sent to her made me love him all the more. He said to her “let’s pray for it to work again.” Our girl took him seriously. She prayed that somehow the laptop would not be broken, but that instead it would work again. I loved my husband for his leadership, love, and care. I loved my daughter for how she prayed in faith.
Fast forward to that evening. My husband came home, took the entire laptop apart, cleaned it, dried every single drenched piece, and then put it all back together (as to how he was even able to take the thing completely apart and then reassemble it is beyond me). He was hopeful that maybe the hard drive was saved, but was a little discouraged by the amount of liquid that was inside the laptop. This wasn’t too surprising to me considering the amount of liquid that came out of it when I turned it upside down! That evening, after reassembling the laptop with dry parts, he tried to turn it on and nothing happened. Instead of becoming discouraged, he and our daughter agreed to keep praying.
The next morning before heading into work Brian tried once again to turn it on and nothing happened. It appeared dead but our girl kept on praying.
That evening after getting home from work my hubby told me that he borrowed something from a co-worker to hopefully retrieve the contents of our hard drive. Before using that, he decided to try turning the computer on one more time. Amazingly, the laptop turned on! Brian immediately called for our daughter and the interaction between them was priceless. She was overjoyed to see that it had turned on. And he was overjoyed to show her. However, we quickly realized that although the laptop turned on, things were definitely not running normally. Before putting the kiddos to bed, he reminded them all to keep praying for our laptop, because God cares about even the little things.
Miraculously, the next evening our laptop not only turned on but actually began to function! Well, at least parts of it anyway. The keyboard was dead, but all of our files were completely fine and by hooking up a keyboard and mouse to it I was able to confirm that my beloved school plans, lessons, audio, files, worksheets, and everything else that I need to homeschool was accessible. Oh happy day! There was much rejoicing in our home and we had a wonderful opportunity to remind our children about faith, prayer, and the love of our Father, who cares for even the tiny details of our lives.
The next evening we discovered that our keyboard had come back to life, or at least about 95% back! The e,s, c, and control/shift keys on the left side were all dead. But the finger touch pad was alive again and every other key was functioning. Our daughter didn’t seem nearly surprised as me about this revelation.
The following day we realized that the e,s, and c keys were now working! I was overwhelmed by the kindness of God to not only allow us to have access to all of our files, but also for the ability to begin using it again with a working keyboard. Our daughter was amazed, not because she has the best daddy ever, but because she knew that even he couldn’t make the laptop work again. It is a wonderful thing to see God at work in your children.
Currently, the only thing that doesn’t work on the entire laptop is the control key on the left hand side. While it has meant adjusting to how I copy and cut/paste things (I always used the control on the left side, not the right side), I am actually thankful for that one little key that doesn’t work. Because every time I need to use the control key I am reminded of our little story and how God used tea spilling all over our laptop to build faith in all of us.