Before he left that morning, Karl said, “I’ll probably be late tonight. We’re doing some work on one of our servers.”
I’m used to this kind of thing. Karl works in IT management, so some of his most important tasks happen after hours when the employees are not using the computers. It’s a great job when everything is ticking along like it’s supposed to, but, on more than one occasion, Karl and a couple of the other men in his department have worked more than 30 hours straight to solve a problem.
“How long do you think it’ll take tonight?” I asked.
“Well, if nothing goes wrong…7:30 or 8.”
“That’s not bad. I’ll keep your dinner warm.” I had planned to serve his favorite: chicken casserole.
Fast forward to about 8:30 p.m.. Karl called me from the server room to request his dinner plate.
“What’s wrong?” I asked, trying to demonstrate my care and concern.
He started to explain it to me when I said, “I care, I really do. But I don’t understand it all and it will be a waste of time and energy to explain it to me.”
Relieved to hear that, he asked, “Would you mind bringing me my dinner?”
I heated his food, grabbed a drink, loaded the kids in the van, and drove to his office. I handed over his meal, stole a kiss, and drove back home.
The kids and I went through our evening routine of running around the house, putting on jammies, brushing teeth, and reading a book. I tucked the children in their beds before stealing a few quiet moments to myself and drifting off to sleep.
My eyes popped open to the blinding red numbers on the clock. Within a second I realized it’s 4:00 and Karl is not beside me. My mind started working. What is going on? If Karl were in an accident, I’d know. If the problem were fixed, he’d be here. Therefore, the problem must not be fixed. Employees will start coming in around 7. Which means Karl and the other guys only have about 3 hours to fix the problem and then do whatever it was they had originally planned to do.
I started praying for the Lord to give them success, to help them think, see the problem and fix it, and get everything running by 7. And I went right back to sleep.
I woke up around 7:30 when Karl opened the kitchen door.
“You guys got it finished just in time, didn’t you?” I asked.
“Yes. We were working fast to get everything up by the time people started coming in to work.”
“What time was it when you got a break in the issue?”
“It was about 4.”