Sound systems can be funny things...especially when a couple of people who really don’t know much about the sound system are attempting to fix one part of said sound system.
Several had noticed that the speakers in the foyer, nursery, sitting room (formerly the cry room), and the A/V room (formerly the library) had not been working very well, if at all, of late.
These speakers are controlled by a separate, slightly older amplifier (c. 1970) that receives input from our somewhat newer amplifier that controls the auditorium speakers.
Well, the first problem was that the connection between the two amplifiers was broken (not just unplugged, but broken). But even after that was fixed, it still wasn’t working.
To make a long story short (too late!) I and a brother who will remain nameless, though if you think about it you’ll probably know who I’m referring to, spent the better part of 4 hours removing speakers, discarding small rodent skeletons, testing the speaker wires, etc.
Then, this other brother, who is “praised by all the churches for his service to the gospel” (see 2 Corinthians 8:18, NIV), discovered a reset switch on the older amplifier. The Assisted Listening Device transmitter was plugged into an outlet on the amplifier, and we had to unplug it to press the reset button...but we learned that the ALD plug was actually keeping the reset button engaged.
Once we plugged the ALD in elsewhere and allowed the reset button to depress, everything came together (well, except the speaker in the A/V room).
The bottom line is that we spent four hours dissecting the sound system when it could have been solved in four minutes...if we’d known what we were looking for.
Sometimes the problems we face in life are a lot like that. Often times we make them out to be bigger than they really are. We try all sorts of elaborate fixes to no avail.
But then we notice something simple...and when we fix it, everything else comes together.
Sometimes the simplest solution is the best solution. Sometimes the simplest solution is letting go of the hurt/problem and giving it to God. And nothing could be simpler or more effective than that!