Flicker and Pop

My parents came to town about two weeks ago to visit. They are both in their 80’s, and it is a joy to have them here. My mom is a homebody and enjoys staying at home watching television and working on jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, and other games. She particularly likes watching television. She goes to bed each night with the television on in her room. Before she comes to visit, she always asks if the television in the guest room works.

Two to three days before my parent’s arrival my television started having issues indicating that it was at the end of its life. The screen started to flicker, the color became distorted, and there was a static popping sound. This occurred several times a day before their arrival. I was not surprised when I saw this happening because my television is almost 23 years old. It is one of those old tube televisions that weighs 160 lbs.

I did not want to rush and purchase a new TV without doing my research and making the right decision. The new television would have to be wall mounted, and the old television would have to be properly discarded. I did not feel I had the time to take care of this before they came. So as the TV flickered and popped over the two to three days,  I decided to give it to the Lord. I said a prayer that the television would work correctly and not break for the duration of my parent’s weeklong stay.

Praise God, from the time my parents arrived until two to three days after they left the television worked perfectly! During their stay, the television was on practically all day and night, and it did not flicker, pop or lose color. Two to three days after they left the issues returned. By this time, I had done my research, identified a new TV, and made arrangements to have the old one properly discarded.

Praise God for answered prayer!

“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John 15:7




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