The Story of the Free Computer

So I’ve been a little quiet this past week, and the reason is that my computer was broken… again. You might remember when my computer broke in December (during finals) and then again at the end of April (also during finals). Well it broke again last week, thankfully this time it wasn’t during finals. Now, I’m also in the midst of some serious revisions and edits on stories and essays I need for my senior portfolio and for my graduate school applications, so this catastrophe was still highly stressful, but I decided I was not going to freak out about my computer this third time around. I asked for God to give me peace and patience. I made a plan: I would bring my computer into the Apple Store to see if they would fix it for free, then I would I trade it in for a used macbook air on a good website I had found. I would have to pay the difference (because 2009 MacBooks aren’t worth very much) which meant I would have to come up with $500, but I knew I needed to just get a better computer, because it’s pretty essential that I have something that wont break while I’m graduate school. I had no idea how I was going to buy a different computer and make rent, but I trusted that it would work out. With this in my mind I went to the Apple Store. I was a little bit frustrated, but I also had a surprising amount of peace. It was funny because when I was in the Apple Store, I was nice and polite the way I almost always am to any store employee, but there was a lady next to me that really angry about something and letting everyone know. Anyway, I dropped off my computer, and they said would fix it for free, and they would probably have it fixed in 24 hours. That was huge relief for me because it meant I would be able to trade it in that week. Well, later that night I got a call from the Apple Store informing me that they were just going to replace it with a new computer. I was ecstatic, thinking ok I can work with a new macbook, maybe get more money for it or something. Well then, the blessed Apple employee tells me that they no longer make those white MacBooks, so they’re just going to replace it with a Macbook Pro. She gave me the order number and told me to come in the next day. I was confused and cautiously happy. I thought, no way. They’re definitely going to make me pay something. There is going to be some fee that I’m going to pay or they’re going to realize that they made a mistake. I went in to the store the next day, and gave them my order number. An employee handed me the box with the Macbook Pro, had me sign something, and told me to have a nice day. I looked at the employee kind of suspiciously. “That’s it?” I said. “There’s nothing else I have to do?” She said, no. “This computer belongs to me?” I asked. She smiled and said yes. I thanked her in this kind of happy, shocked way and left. I am now typing this post on a brand new Macbook Pro that I did not have to pay for. I keep having these mini freak outs where I think the Apple employees are going to come bang on my door and tell me there has been a mistake and they need to take the computer back. But mostly I’m beyond grateful. I’m totally astounded by the way that God provides. I don’t really know what else to say about it. But every time I open this computer, I’m reminded of God’s goodness and love, which is an even more amazing gift.

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