Thank You Jesus, My Powercord Is Not Working!
- By Sungeeta Jain
- Published 01/18/2010
Twenty-nine year old Sungeeta Jain was born and raised in the United States of America. Born into a Jain family, Sungeeta did not know the Lord until 1990, when her entire family converted to Christianity. Prior to the family's conversion, on June 14, 1986, Sungeeta and her family were in a devastating car accident that left Sungeeta confined to a wheelchair. At the age of ten, Sungeeta had to relearn how to live her life, from putting on her socks, to moving about using a wheelchair. At the same time, she learned how to believe in herself and trust God. Determined not to let her disability hinder her, Sungeeta graduated from a top engineering college in the US with a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. She also went on to get a juris doctorate degree in Law. Out of college she worked as an advisor to two high court judges. She is currently working as an associate in the premier law firm in the the United States. Among the many blessings of God in her life, Sungeeta won the title of Miss Teen of Washington in 1993, becoming the first person in the world in a wheelchair. She was also third runner up in the Miss Teen of America Pageant. Over the years Sungeeta, a Jain Christian has had the privilege of sharing her testimony and about how God has touched her with school children, political figures, churches, hospitals, youth groups and community groups both in India and the United States. God has powerfully moved at all gatherings, healing the sick, delivering the oppressed and filling His people with the baptism and power of the Holy Spirit.
I woke up at 5AM this morning only to find that my laptop was dead. I had left it on and charging last night, as I do every night. But this morning, my laptop was completely dead. No lights were shining. I looked at where the powercord connects to the laptop and the little blue light that indicates that it is plugged in was not lit. I unplugged and plugged it in again, but still no light. I checked the powercord, but everything seemed to be normal. I tried plugging it into a different outlet…still no light. I tried turning on my laptop…nothing. I spent 15 minutes trying whatever I could to get the laptop to begin charging, but all to no avail.
Unsure whether there was something wrong with my laptop, or whether it was the powercord, I went and got my dad’s computer. I tried plugging the powercord into his laptop, but still no light. Phew! At least now I knew it was a powercord problem and my laptop was likely alright.
I spent several more minutes trying to get the powercord to work. No luck. I even tried praying (because I remembered a testimony of a dear brother whose laptop Jesus healed once)…but still nothing.
It was weird, in the midst of adversity (yes, my laptop not working is adversity ), I found myself smiling. Normally I would freak out if my laptop was not working. Especially because today is Sunday and I need my laptop to project the worship songs for church. But today, for some reason, I found myself smiling. I was reminded of the scripture of the week that we have been memorzing in church:
In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. I Thessalonians 5:18.
Last week in church, as I explained this scripture, I urged everyone to thank God in all things good or bad…because that is what God wants us to do. And I assured everyone that as we did this, God would turn situations around.
Now, I was not feeling very thankful that my computer was not working and all the preparation I had done for our two church services was seemingly for naught…but I decided, “I should practice what I preach.” So, with a smile, I said, “Thank you Jesus, my powercord is not working!”
In my mind I began to make plans of how to lead worship without the videos we normally use. But then, for some reason I just thought to try the powercord again.
I plugged it into the outlet and tried it in my dad’s computer. Voila! The blue charging indicator light lit up! I quickly look the cord out of my dad’s laptop and plugged it into mine. It lit up! Praise God! My smile grew wider as I continued to thank God, this time not for a powercord that isn’t working, but for a powercord that is!
God’s word is indeed true and alive! I encourage you to read it, take ahold of it, claim it and apply it to your life today!