Last Thursday my 79-year-old mother finally agreed to conquer her iPad fear. She’s had an iPhone for almost two years. An iPad would mean a larger screen. More user-friendly.
But she was eaten up by what-ifs.
I’ve wrestled with what-ifs a bazillion times. Mother’s always been the one to encourage me.
On the way to Best Buy, we stopped for lunch. I said a quick blessing. “Thank You for our food. Please help us shop.”
And give Mother courage.
“And Lord,” she added. “Will You please send us a nice salesperson? Someone who’s kind and smiles a lot.”
After I said “amen” she started backpedaling.
“Really, Julie. We don’t have to do this today. I know you’re busy.”
“You’re going to have an iPad. Today.”
“What if I can’t do it? What if I’m not smart enough? What if–”
“Baby steps.” I patted her hand. “Take a deep breath. You can do this.”
Inside Best Buy, a friendly-looking salesman approached us. “Hi. My name is Jeremy. How can I help you?”
I have a brother named Jeremy. Mother and I looked at each other.
See. It’s gonna be fine. His name is Jeremy. And he’s smiling.
Jeremy helped us choose a gold iPad with a cute little stand. He didn’t act like Mother was a bother. Or stupid. He answered all her questions.
“Well, you ’bout ready?” I said. “Time to check out.”
She looked at me, big-eyed.
“What if I can’t–?”
“What if you can?”
“Mother, you’ve come this far by faith. No turning back.”
Jeremy, bless his sweet heart.
He acted like it was perfectly normal for customers to talk about fear and faith at the check-out counter.
Aren’t people like Jeremy at Best Buy THE BEST!
On the way home, we stopped by Starbucks for a quick lesson.”Look at you! Sitting in Starbucks with your iPad!”
“I’m faking it. I have no idea what I’m doing.”
“Pretty soon, it’ll make sense.”
Her dark brown eyes met mine. “Okay. I think I can do this.”
Mother wants you to hear her favorite song, “Only You” by the Platters. Click “The Platters” above if you can’t see the video.
So many people have helped me do scary stuff–including YOU!
What have you been afraid of? Was there a kind person like Jeremy who led the way?
Fear shrinks our worlds. Faith does the opposite. Click to Tweet.
Speak the words, “I can do this.” Faith soars and fear flees. Click to Tweet.