The heart makes idols out of the strangest things. Take, for instance, my laptop. It has no eyes to see, no ears to hear, and no heart that beats but I sure am attached to it. Today I did something very stupid–I tried to install Ubuntu (a Linux platform) so that I could boot up either in Windows XP or in Linux and guess what happened–I ended up completely replacing Windows XP and erasing my entire hard disk. Apparently I told it to use one partition rather than a separate one. Duh. I didn’t know what I was doing. And guess what else–it wasn’t backed up anywhere. But Ubuntu worked. Small consolation.
The tech guys in Keokuk tried to put Humpty-Dumpty back together again (a.k.a. Windows XP and my hard drive) but to no avail. All documents and files were lost. There is an ever-so-slight chance that when they reformat Windows XP for me some of the files will resurface I am told. But I’m not holding my breath. Thankfully I wasn’t working on any major projects right now. I was just doing it to play around. More time to spend with my darling laptop. So much for that.
So, how did I get idol worship out of all this? Well, I was really, really, really, really, really hoping they’d have it done by closing time today so that I could take it home and start over from scratch again. But it wasn’t done. Heaven help me!–I have to go the entire night without it. And all morning tomorrow. I could just feel my heart melt with frustration. A Catechism lesson for a pastor: What is the first commandment: “You shall have no other gods.” What does this mean? “We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things–including laptops.” Oh yeah, my wife observed me tonight after church walking around aimlessly with my laptop backpack on. Oh, I need help.