Today, the springs on our garage door broke, incapacitating the garage door and opener. Thank God that my car was not parked inside! It wouldn’t be such a huge deal except that this is just another broken thing in a long line of breaking things!
First, my bathroom vanity lights went out. We have yet to be able to figure out, without the help of an electrician at least, how to get those back on. Then our front door light went out. Apart from purchasing a new one, this fixture seems irrevocably broken.
Next, the water softener began making very loud noises in the middle of the night. Thankfully, that was replaced at no little expense.
Next, the washing machine began sounding like a jet engine ready for take-off. Yet another appliance to replace and more money out the door.
My husband’s brother, who has Down Syndrome, put a plastic lid down our toilet causing it to plug and creating a plumbing issue.
Then, our dishwasher, which we had actually just replaced under warranty due to the first one being a lemon, started leaking all over our carpet. This less than a year old appliance had a seal that was broken. Parts are on order with no ETA as to when that will get fixed. There seems to be a parts shortage currently. Something about a chip…
And now the garage door.
My mom asked me what I thought God was trying to teach me.
I replied, “Perhaps He wants me to learn how to be an appliance repairman?”
It reminds me of a joke I heard Patsy Clairmont make once. She said, “When Jesus said in this world you will have trouble, He wasn’t kidding.”
I guess in the grand scheme of things, these many issues are not all that bad. Events in my life could be a lot worse! Being able to come up for air every now and again might be nice though, especially after the year that was 2020!
What is God trying to teach me? It’s not a hard lesson. It’s something I know already and just need to be reminded of. I need to turn my eyes on Him. Look full into His face. Then these crazy material issues “will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace” (Lemmel, 1922)!
Oh, and maybe I should bookmark a few good DIY appliance repair websites.
Lemmel, H. H. (1922). Turn your eyes upon Jesus. https://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Turn_Your_Eyes_upon_Jesus/