Hide the Remote

At least four workers stopped by the room to try their hand at getting the television back on. Nancy recruited the first one, after which they recruited one another. No one had the answer. I was surprised, since most of them were young. When it comes to technology, usually the younger generation handles problems with ease. 

I caused the problem. Nancy and I had stopped by an assisted living facility on a Saturday afternoon to visit a couple of ladies who were rehabbing. The lady who is an avid sports fan was watching a football game involving teams from other parts of the country.

“Don’t you want to watch the OSU game?”

They were playing West Virginia, and I knew she would enjoy that game more than the one she was watching.

“I don’t know how to find it,” she said, as she pointed toward the remote on the table.

I picked up the remote and tried to find the guide. I accidently pushed “menu” and up popped a series of options. My difficulties were compounded by the fact that I don’t wear my contact on Saturdays. Eventually I was wearing the ladies’ glasses and trying to figure out what to do. After I pushed a button related to channel selection, everything went blank.

No. I don’t know what I did or I could have corrected it. Now, there was no game to watch. Every effort I made turned up a screen that told me no source was detected. I tried multiple options as a source. I failed to locate any source. So did the first workers who came in to assist. Eventually a young man selected something and handed me the remote.

“It is selecting all available channels. It will take about five minutes and then you will be good.”

He handed me the remote and asked me to simply hold it until the television ended its search. I minded and waited. Eventually a picture with sound reappeared. We found the OSU game, and I laid the remote back on the table before offering a quick prayer. Shirley Parker laughed and laughed. I had been her entertainment for the afternoon. Nancy and I expressed our love and left the building.

When we help someone, there is always a chance that we may mess something up. Still, it is better to fail at doing something than it is to succeed at doing nothing.

Hide the remote! Earl 


FBC Happenings

  • This Sundays Sermon “Workers in the Harvest”
  • Sunday, December 29 – One Worship Service only at 10:30 a.m. NO LIFEGROUPS…CHILDCARE FOR BABIES – 3’s
  • Church Office and FLC Closed January 1 …. Happy New Year!!
  • Loss of Spouse (GriefShare) – Sunday, January 5 at 4:30 p.m. in the Parlor

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