So about two Friday nights ago, I cracked my Macbook screen internally by accidentally kneeling on it whilst it was unbeknownst to me under my duvet. By the time I realised, it was sadly too late 🙁
The next available appointment I could find to get it repaired was for Tuesday evening last week, with an authorised Apple premium reseller down in Strand. I got that booked and then I also felt really strongly to book a back up appointment with an actual Apple Store as well so I chose the Regent Street branch for the Thursday afternoon in that same week.
On the Tuesday, I went for my appointment and after doing their basic checks, they explained that because it was accidental damage, the repair will be covered by neither my 3 year Apple Care and 1 year standard Apple warranty and I’d have to pay. They took it in and said they’d be in touch with me in a day or two about their assessment of how much it would cost.
On Thursday morning, they emailed me quoting £403 to fix my screen. As soon as I got the email I called them to discuss this quote and asked if there was a payment plan I could enter into because I don’t have £403 spare lying around. They said, unfortunately, no. I felt so strongly not to settle for that charge for two reasons: I didn’t have peace about where the money was going to come from and; I felt like the Apple Store might be able to cut me a better deal unlike these guys who would obviously be out to make profit, naturally, as part of their reselling business model. So I asked if I could just come get my laptop and thankfully. I was able to do so almost immediately.
I remembered I had my back up appointment with the Apple Store and I double checked the time only to realise it was for Regent Street. There was just a sense of calm urgency to act QUICK and I yielded.
Now, when I got to the Apple Store, they sang the same “accidental damage” song and how none of my warranties covered this. However, I took some comfort in them quoting me a lower charge of £337. Still not ideal, but it made me feel better about not settling with the other store to fix it for me. So I left it with them and they said they’d email me once it was fixed with payment to be taken on collection.
Fast forward to Tuesday night this week. I was praying just before my bedtime and the Holy Spirit prompted me to pray about the cost of this repair bearing Philippians chapter 4 verse 6 in mind – Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. I prayed asking God to cause Apple to waive that charge somehow because between Him and I, He knows I don’t have any money for this repair. And I honestly prayed and believed God would work it out, maintaining the level of expectancy alluded to in Mark chapter 11 verse 24 – Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Then earlier today, Wednesday afternoon, while I was at college – I received an email from the Apple Store letting me know my fixed laptop was ready for collection. I didn’t know/expect they would email me today but then I suddenly remembered I prayed about this just the night before! At this point, I’m like “God how are we going to work this out? I know You will do something! You must!” At first, I was thinking I’d wait and get it on Sunday as that was the next free time I’d have, but again, I felt that sense of calm urgency like “now is best!“. So after class, I packed my stuff and headed to Regent Street not knowing what would happen when I got there but I was really expecting that I won’t have to bring out my wallet unless to show my ID.
After waiting for almost half an hour at the Genius Bar in-store, one of the geniuses finally brought my Macbook to me and while I was checking the work that had been done, I could see him frantically swiping away on his iPad like he was looking for something. Then he picked up and then dropped on the table the iPhone I would have had to type my card details into and continued swiping on his iPad. In my mind, I heard “*lol*, stop searching – there’s nothing to pay!” Next thing, I heard him say “Hmm doesn’t seem like there’s a charge and you know what? I’m not even gonna argue with that…” I tried so hard to contain my excitement as I said “So where do I sign?“. I signed on the iPad to indicate collection and bolted out of there, PRONTO!
Guys, I told you this cool story (lol!) just to remind and encourage someone to approach God boldly and ask Him for what you need. The world teaches self-dependency in such a way that we forget that while humans might fail us, God is the One we can comfortably rely on and not be let down.
One day £337 or even £407 would be my daily allowance and unexpected costs like this wouldn’t be an issue for me but for now, my lack of it didn’t bring me shame but rather gave me an opportunity to let God prove Himself in my life for the UMPTEENTH time and remind me of the abundance I have in Him.
What requests are you holding back from God? “Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail).” (Psalm chapter 55 verse 22 AMPC)