Dion's random ramblings

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Chuck Norris' Macbook Pro! Squashed by a 4x4 and STILL working! A metaphor for my life.

Here are a few pictures of my Macbook Pro after I was knocked off my Vespa by a 4x4 the other day. You can see how the whole computer is bent from where the optical drive slot starts.... It was in my backpack and was hit by the bullbars on the front of the 4x4 as he darted off the pavement.

The screen is smashed, so I have it hooked up to my 23" Cinema display, but other than that (oh, and the fact that one can't get a disc into the optical drive), everything still works!

How incredible is that!? I'm creating a bootable backup so that I can deliver the dead Macbook to my insurance for replacement.

I, on the other hand, was not so lucky. I have a leg that was broken in a few places (with a metal plate in the ankle, a metal pin between the knee and the ankle, and screws in the ankle and knee). My Vespa is also wrecked... It is repairable (I think), but wrecked all the same...

Check back in a few days for photos of the late Mertyl - the Vespa of my dreams (may she rest in pieces)...

Joking aside, I am starting to realise just how fortunate I am to have escaped with only a broken leg! I am still struggling to come to terms with yet another crisis - of course I ask questions of our Lord about this! In the last two years our little Liam was born 3 months premature and sustained brian damage, I was diagnosed with, and treated for cancer, my father had a series of severe strokes and eventually died on the 31st od December last year (after two years of struggle), Liam has been back in hospital more than once, Megie had to go into hospital, Courts was in hospital... You get the picture I'm sure!

I know that lifestyle and stress are factors in all of this! I work hard, sleep very little, and have quite a lot of stress. Regardless, I do feel that it is time that we have a bit of a breather from calamity! I am well aware that there are spiritual forces at work that would rejoice if we became disheartened, bitter, or angry. We will not give into such emotion! I have been praying that the Lord will give me a Godly perspective on all these events, and on my life.

You see, the converse to the calamity is also true! God has been incredibly gracious to us over the last two years! We have been blessed with a darling son who survived a traumatic start to life! We have a darling daughter who is kind, loving, helpful, loves us, and loves the Lord! Megan is healthy as can be, and I am healthy and strong! The outcome of this most recent accident could have been so much worse, yet I was spared... God has a plan!

So it is certainly NOT that God has abandoned us! On the contrary God hass been protecting, healing, loving, and caring for us all along. I can see that. I know that as we have wept, felt pain, and often fallen prey to fear or despondency, God has carried us through! In fact more than that, God has wept with us, felt our pain, and longs for us to be free from struggle and hardship (perhaps even more acutely than we have longed for it).

We have a great prospect ahead - and it begins in just 5 weeks! I have dropped little hints about a change in our future! As soon as I have freedom to do so I shall share that incredible news in full!

So, please could we aks you to give thanks to our Lord on our behalf?

I guess that I feel a little bit like my Macbook, bent, a little sore, sometimes sad, but blessed that I am still alive! Praise be to God!


  • It never ceases to bring me to tears. Why is it that when we are going through tough times, we may acknowledge that God is there, but only when we come through the tunnel, do we realise just how "there" He actaully was. I know they say that hindsight is a perfect science ( or something like that!) but I just wish that my faith and memory were as perfect as my hindsight!
    So Lord, please forgive me, this weakling. Thank you , Dion for prodding me once again!
    Keep healing. Love and blessings to all in Forsterdom PS Hope you aren't giving the ladies in your life a hard time ;) Lv Janet

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:06 PM  

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    By Blogger jessica, at 6:18 PM  

  • Wow! can't believe your mac! at times i feel like that, but just keep on going! God is good!

    By Blogger jessica, at 6:20 PM  

  • That's why Chuck drives an Isuzu dude.

    By Blogger Gus, at 10:22 PM  

  • I preached on this yesterday - i wish that i could have read this before..

    By Blogger Roddy, at 1:02 PM  

  • I drive a hyundai that gets better mileage that most hybrids. Small but a bit safer than a vespa.

    By Blogger Gallows, at 2:05 PM  

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