I think it's 4am. Today is skip forward time thing (aka Daylight Savings Time), and I'm almost positive I already uped my alarm clock. My computer says 4am, but I'm not sure it auto updated. Needless to say, it's late into the wee hours. I can't sleep. It was a late night. I was at CF Palmetto Bay till 11pm working out kinks in our video teaching system.
Needless to say, the kinks didn't get worked out.
4:04am. For the three hours I slept I kept working the scenarios in my head, trying to logically fix the problems in my dreams. Going over schematics, troubleshooting software, checking adapters. Everything should be there. We should be fine. Why am I awake?
4:06am. Here's my dillema. I really don't have a chance to test this. We will be at the Homestead campus in less than 4 hours and we can do testing then. However, if there is any problems (or we need adapters) Radio Shack doesn't open until 10am, and that's when the service is supposed to start.
4:13am. It's the unknown that gets to me. The device that's never been tested, the volunteer that you're not sure will show up, the schematic that "will definitely work" but you've never tried. I have faith in God. He's proven to me that He deserves it. I have NO FAITH in technology. As much as I'm engrossed in it, I've learned never to trust it. Technology will always fail when you need it most.
4:18am. I guess I'm going to go back to sleep - see if I can get my mind off this mess. I'll say this for the record. Any church that is considering multi-site venues, especially temporary venues, consider doing 2-4 weeks of rehearsals. Especially if your services are high technology/media. We did not have that opportunity at CF Homestead (we wanted to get established before Easter) and I think that we'll be chasing that dog for weeks as we slowly bring in untested technology into a live venue.
4:22am. I'm clicking "Save" now. If someone at CF Homestead reads this Sunday AM, I like my coffee black, no sugar, no cream. Just as God intended coffee to be drunk. Pray for this (and all) CF Services this weekend, that God will show up (whether or not the technology does).