Thursday, December 07, 2006

There are times when it feels like there is no rest. When the deepest longing within you is for a little time to repose, it is not to be. Life's circumstances can overwhelm, there is no doubt. What is our reaction to be under this influence?

I received a call at the end of yesterday's work hours from Deanna. She was parked at our home, having just arrived. She could not get her garage door opener to do it's thing. I told her I would be right there.

I closed down the project I was working on, and was off. As you might imagine, traffic was a snarl. I live a mile or so from my office, and traffic was at a standstill. That does not seem possible.

I arrived, sure of my ability to right the wrongs of her remote.

I was wrong, it wasn't to be righted.

My remote would not work either. We keyed into the front door, and flipped the switch. Nothing.

We moved in 4 days ago, I don't think we've had time to miss a payment. Our neighbors clearly had electricity, so the grid was not down. I called a friend to look up the number, as the previous owners of our home took the phone books with them.

I called the Power Company and told them of our situation. After a long experience "on hold," the voice returned to the phone, most apologetic. He insisted they would get someone out to turn the power back on that same night.

Deanna went off to her Bible study at church, and I huddled by the fireplace with all the flame our gas excuse could muster. I had to light some candles as this was not enough light...or heat.

After a period of hours, I heard someone clanking about in my backyard, and saw the stray light beam rush across my wall through a nearby window. Help, at last! I went outside to thank him. From his response, I think he thought I missed a payment.

Celebrating electricity, I went to the kitchen and put on a pot of strong coffee...just the way I like it. Suddenly, I heard a rather uninvited harsh spraying sound. You know when your outside with your garden hose on full blast, and you try to put your finger into the stream, all the way up to the nozzle? That is the sound.

I turned to the sink and saw nothing. Where could this be coming from?

I opened the cabinet doors under the sink and saw a water party happening. Without any drip or warning, a fitting had decided to let go of its responsibility. It had already engulfed the contents of cleansers and paper towels held within.

I quickly cleared this debris and fought with the shut-off valves. They fought back. They liked being open.

After struggling with them, I gained the upper hand...or so I thought. Great! Valves that won't close completely. I was able to slow it down to a steady drip. I grabbed towels from as yet unpacked boxes, and pressed them into service.

I would have to repeat this several times before morning, and one final time before heading to work. I went to take a shower just before heading to the office.

Here in the south or west or southwest, whatever this area is considered, bathrooms are equipped with vents in the ceiling that are also heaters. Deanna likes these, as they add the little bit of extra warmth she enjoys, to take off a cold nights chill.

When I entered the bathroom, I smelled that bad smell. The unpleasant aroma of plastic and wires melting or something. I turned on the vent fan to exhaust the forthcoming hot water steam. Nothing. It did not make a noise. It did not leap into action.

Perhaps it just overheated from previous use. Perhaps it will work again later.

There is a movie from the 80's I never watched called "The Money Pit." I am hopeful that we did not just buy it.

I am not a "Mr. Fix It." I'm pretty much the guy who hands tools to the guy who knows what he is doing.

I am a prayer...I mean, what I cannot fix, I can pray over. So I have been. I know the Lord will guide me to the right people to assist me in this.

Guess what?

The vent fan came back on.

I'll keep on praying. I refuse to let the enemy have victory in this situation. He is not going to steal my joy over what the Lord has provided for us. I do wish he wasn't so persistent.

Sometimes you just want to rest. My rest is in the Lord. My hope is in the Lord. My life is the Lord's. I'll press on.

dad

15 Comments:

At 9:52 AM, Blogger Kim Mierau said...

i understand how frustrating it is to move in to a place and have things go wrong - we struggled with that (and still are, to some extent). i am praying for you guys - both for the house and just for your mental states. it can be so challenging! love *kim

 
At 11:18 AM, Blogger Aunt Maralyn & Uncle Ray said...

As i read today's writing, I couldn't help but chuckle. I know it wasn't funny to you, and I am so sorry you are having these problems with the house. The chuckle came because I could just see you in each of these situations. In my mind I was following you into each situation.
We will be praying that the worst is over and you can enjoy your new home.
We love you and think of you every day.
Aunt Maralyn

 
At 11:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I had to laugh while reading, although I know none of this was funny to you! You are just such an amazing writer and I can picture everything! I know all about this stuff, we had an RV that we were living in that decided to flood(Inches!) a week before Christmas. All because they forgot to put in a simple gasket for the antennae (we got a new rig out of it the day before Christmas, praise God). Ahh the joy of being a homeowner. Yes, Satan will be very persistant to get you to get angry, frustrated, etc., but you are right, the Lord provided and He will see you through it.

Will be praying for you and thinking of you always~

Linda Anderson

 
At 11:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God did give you the gift of expressing yourself via words. We will pray for you...
Greenfield, Indiana

 
At 1:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also couldn't help but chuckle as one thing after another was going wrong. I was laughing out loud more at "oh my gosh, that too! I know from my own experience that depending on my mood and the time of day, I can totally lost it when things like that happen (and they happen to all of us). Sometimes it's particularly frustrating when you're trying to do something that others would consider a nice gesture and somehow things go wrong. It sure was a good reminder about not letting Satan win because I know he knows that patience can be one of my worst virtues at times!

Blessings that all will go well with the house.

Tina

 
At 8:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It’s ironic Dad, how at work, you incessantly promote open doors and turning on the light, when you seem to have trouble with those two things at home. I am glad to hear the move went well and want to tell you that the true memories of home are the imperfect ones. You and your family are awesome and I cannot wait to see ‘you all’ (have you switched to “y’all” yet?)
Much love,
--Peej

 
At 10:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You must call the owners immediately. You are still under warranty and they will pay. Your realtor should be able to guide you with this - it is common practice. Best wishes!

 
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