Last weekend our vacuum cleaner quit. It didn’t actually quit entirely, the motor that created the suction worked just fine. The brush bar just didn’t turn. Thus, it didn’t really pick up anything. Especially on the carpet. So for the past 5 days, we haven’t picked up the small stuff that gets on the carpet and it was driving me crazy!

I decided this morning to address the problem. I got online and checked out vacuum cleaner repair for Temple, TX. I made a few phone calls and got nowhere. “Bring it in,” they said, “and we’ll take a look. But we don’t work on those very much.” Not very encouraging on my end. And yes, it would cost something for them to look at it.

So I did another search online and found a website that did a step by step video on how to clean and repair your brush bar. It could be three things and two of these I could do myself. So I followed the instructions and cleaned up the bar, taking it apart and putting it back together. Still no luck. The third was simply the motor that had to replaced.

I decided to call Dyson, the manufacturer. I visited with a customer service rep on the other end and he told me to wait; he was going to go get his machine and walk me through it. When he returned, he told me to recline the machine in the position I would normally be vacuuming and then simply push the brush bar engagement button twice. Then he instructed me to turn it on. Eureka! It worked! (Or would that be a Dyson?!) I asked him what I had just done and he told me that I had simply reset the machine and reset the brush bar to activate. A simple reset, who would’ve known?

I was still thinking about this when I came across Jim Denison’s blog for today. It was about Mark Driscoll, the pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. I have followed Driscoll for the past several years. He has been known recently for some less than positive experiences that he has been involved in. Denison writes: “He has also been known for blunt preaching and a forceful personality. He has recently written an ‘open letter of apology” to his congregation. In it, he states: ‘I have been deeply convicted by God that my angry-young-prophet days are over, to be replaced by a helpful, Bible-teaching spiritual father.’ Driscoll describes his commitment as a decision to ‘reset’ his life.”

The technology that we use every day needs to be reset at some point. Yes, even Apple products. Even Dyson vacuum cleaners (this one was new to me). And yes, sometimes we need to be reset as well. Over recent days many of us have been fasting and spending time in a concentrated prayer effort. I can’t say anything about anyone else, but I can tell you that for me this has been a time for pushing the “reset” button in my personal life. God spoke. And it wasn’t entirely easy to be obedient to what He said. But it was best and right and, ultimately, good. God can reveal to us what needs to be reset, but it is our own decision whether to push the button or not. I hope that when given the awareness that something needs to be reset, you will push the button. Everything works better after a reset.

Even the vacuum cleaner.


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