Last May, after my husband finished graduate school, I gave myself a present. We were on the "pay-as-you-go-plan" and had been for the past three and a half years, turning every penny not only twice but at least 10 or 20 times. My 17 year old Saturn had served us well but it was limping along. For the past several years, a friend of ours would manually switch my vents from cabin to defrost and back again. My air conditioner was no longer working. That might not be a big deal if I lived in Northern Ireland like Joyce Bethy Ferguson (@bethy) but you do not want to face a hot, humid Minnesota summer in a car that has leather interior but no air conditioner. I am speaking with the voice of experience here. You do not, even if you think you do. Then there was a whole plethora of other issues that also included mysterious sounds and falling gas mileage. From a technical standpoint, the car was repairable but due to the age of the car and the fact that Saturn is no longer in existence, parts were becoming more and more difficult to find. It was time for a new car.
In anticipation of his upcoming graduation, I researched vehicles for about five months so that when the time came, I knew what I wanted and set about trying to find it in my price range. On the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend, just before closing time, I purchased a 2010 Toyota IV. I quickly discovered I was not driving a 2000 Saturn LS2 anymore.
It took a bit of adjusting as my new car was not only a hybrid, it was a smart car. It knows when I am approaching (provided I have my fob in my purse or on my person). I introduced it to my iPhone and they have become the best of friends. I no longer have to fumble to plug in my phone if I don't want to or strain to hear directions. My phone can remain in my purse or my pocket while it speaks to me via my car's sound system. I hear it loud and clear.
There was one thing that bothered me though. My car is equipped with Homelink and I have some buttons on my rearview mirror that remotely operates Homelink-compatible devices like my garage door opener. Now I have a garage door opener remote that clips on my visor but it didn't fit very well. Also, while I gently adjust my sun visor, my husband is, well... he is rather impatient when it comes to sun visors. He angrily swats at them the moment a ray of sunshine dares to flicker through the windshield. This generally would send my garage remote flying and so it is rather banged up. He even managed to partially break the area where the clip slips into the remote. Sigh...
Now the same thing has happened with his car but he has a strap across his visor which he uses to hold his visor into place now. He also stuck a piece of velcro on it so it will stick to the visor... sort of. I had no desire to stick something to the visor of my car with a piece of velcro so I was delighted to learn that I could ditch the garage remote once I got my car and garage talking to one another.
They refused to talk.
I watched a Toyota video and decided that it seemed simple enough. I carefully went through the steps and got nothing. Further research revealed that my garage door opener has a rolling code which makes it much more secure against break-ins but more difficult to program to remotes. This would require an extra step and two people. It was time to call my husband for help.
He reluctantly got out the ladder wondering why I needed him too. I drily commented that even he would find it a bit difficult to single-handedly hold a remote next to the rear-view mirror in a car that had to be parked outside of the garage and push a button on a garage door opener mounted to the ceiling of the garage at the same time. Oh and then you had 30 seconds to bolt down the ladder, get into the car and push the button again. He looked like he wanted to argue with me for a moment but thought the better of it and headed up the ladder without comment.
It didn't work. He came down and watched the video just in case I had missed a step. We tried it again. Nothing. I found other videos by Toyota as well as other people who insisted this was a very simple process. Apparently they were lying. It wasn't working.
We called an "Expert" and walked through the steps but the intervention failed. Sigh... my Prius and garage door opener did not appear to like one another one bit and neither one was willing to talk about what their issue was.
The months went by. Periodically I would suggest to my husband (usually after he had sent the remote flying into my lap while he was driving), that perhaps we should make another attempt to get them to talk. He would look at me as if I was speaking in a foreign language until I changed the subject. I tried another tactic. By now he had also purchased a "smart car" though it is not quite as smart as mine. Wouldn't it be nice if he didn't have to fool with his garage remote? Finally he told me we would try again when it got warmer. Yesterday it was warmer.
Yesterday, while attempting (and failing) to do this once again, I discovered a Homelink video I had never seen before. It wasn't a video specifically for my car. It was a "general" video that "might" work for your particular video but you should consult your car manual for instructions.
We watched the video carefully, going through all the steps I had memorized. Suddenly I sat up and exclaimed, "What? They never said that before!" I re-wound it and played it once again. Embeded within the video was an additional direction that I had never heard before. It had been omitted from the printed instructions I had seen as well as from all the other videos I had watched. There were times when I was supposed to push the button once as well as twice but then there was a time I was supposed to push it... three times. No one had ever mentioned it but it turns out that little detail was critical.
All over the internet people had been angrily posting that they could not get their garage doors to connect to Homelink. Like myself, they had read the directions, they had watched various videos but nothing seemed to work. Some people even went out and bought something called a "bridge" in hopes that it would indeed be a bridge. In fact, I had been thinking that perhaps that's what I needed, a bridge.
I did need a "bridge" but I didn't need to go out and buy one. I just needed to complete the one I already had. We decided to try it one more time and at the appointed time I pressed the button three times... and the garage door went down. I held my breath and pushed the Homelink button once. The door went up. I pushed the Homelink button again and it went down.
We repeated the exact same procedure with my husband's car and it linked flawlessly. Up, down, up down. Hooray!
I went out later that evening and attempted to raise the garage door using the Homelink button in my car. The door went up and went down again after I had backed up my vehicle. When I returned home, it worked perfectly once again.
There was no reason why my car and garage door opener couldn't connect. The only reason they hadn't was because a critical detail had been omitted time and time again and therefore the connection was not complete.
Historically the world has looked to the church in order to learn how to get connected to God. We tell people to confess their sins and say they are sorry but we do not tell them to repent. There is a difference. People will flock to altars and/or say the "Sinner's Prayer" because they bad and they want to feel better but if there is no repentance, there is no change within their heart. They are still disconnected from God.
A person can cry all they want. They can spend 10 hours a day reading the Word of God. They can pray for five hours a day and fast every other day. They can speak Christianese and wear the mask. They can talk about how much they love God but in the end none of it matters unless they have a repentant heart.