Dealing with the upgrades in our sound system has taken an inordinate amount of my time for the last month or so. And we’re not done. But things are improving! It really seems like the saying “if it ain’t one thing, it’s another” is true.
This week, I installed a new wireless microphone for Pastor Madeline (I can do simple things!). It worked just fine, but if the receiver (the box in the back) was on, and you turned the transmitter (the little pack that you wear) off, you heard this horrendous static sound. It was horrible. And while none of you heard it on Sunday, if Madeline had turned her pack off, you all would have jumped through the roof (this was only in the Sanctuary – I couldn’t figure that out either!).
So, I got some long cables and separated the receivers back in the balcony. I thought they might be interfering with one another. Then I changed the little antennas on them, wondering if that was it. I plugged the thing into a different outlet. What could it be!?
Sunday night I decided to google the problem. And there I found various people had the same problem, and they suggested that the problem was with the “Squelch.” Now, some of you who went through the CB radio craze of the 70’s and 80’s may remember the “Squelch” dial. I don’t know what it did, but you had to play with it so that the radio wouldn’t produce that horrible hissing.
After reading the manual (uh huh, I actually read it), I adjusted the squelch and voila! The noise was gone. I was so happy! This Sunday, Madeline can safely walk in and out of the Sanctuary and we will all be OK!
What did I learn from this? One, happiness is based on circumstantial events in our lives. I was happy for the rest of the day because of that solution. Joy, on the other hand, is a delight in life that comes because of the eternal redemption we have in Jesus Christ. Joy makes me a content person, regardless of the circumstances—regardless of what the microphones, or the rest of the sound system is doing.
Second, I engaged in a lot of superstitious activity when I didn’t know what the problem was. Left to my own devises, I tried any number of silly solutions to the problem. I didn’t even have a name for my problem. It took other “witnesses” to let me know what had to be fixed. And the way to fix it was in the manual. I think in life we can try to fix spiritual problems with all kinds of superstitious things – drinking, hanging out with different people, reading self-help books on this that and the other. But the real answer lies in somebody sharing their testimony of what God has done in their lives. Those people have experienced similar problems to ours and have found the Solution. And where is the Solution? Well, it’s in a person (“I am the Way” said Jesus in John 14), and we learn about Him and His ways in the
manual, I mean, the Bible.
I had called Technical Assistance in the midst of all of this. I was on hold so long that I gave up and resorted to google. Having somebody to talk to is really helpful when you have problems. On the one hand, God doesn’t have a call center! God picks up Himself. But it occurred to me also that sometimes we need to be available to others, to give our witness and testimony to somebody who has questions. Let’s make ourselves available to that, and not make people wait so long that they give up, or have to subject their souls to the Internet.
God wants the best for all of us. God wants us to be spiritually healthy. And God needs us all to support one another, to love one another, to be helpful.
Striving towards that goal,
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. Colossians 2:8