Washing Machines and Other Things

Last week was a hard one for me. The week began with my Big D waking up with a sore throat and not being able to go to school. As the week progressed I wasn’t feeling too great myself and then things began to break down. First it was our washing machine and then our toaster oven that we do most of our baking in. Lastly we had no hot water in the kitchen so we had to bring this in from the bathroom to do our dishes. So as this week began, I had a lot on my mind. Big D was still sick and we needed to decide what to do about the things that were broken. We are moving in a month so we had to decide if we could get by without these things for a month. Could we make do? I also found myself thinking about what my attitude should be about all that was going on. If I had to do without these things, would I be a complainer or step up to the challenge. I am reminded of Paul’s comment in Philippians 4:12b, 13. He said, ” I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.”

I am finding it is not so much what my circumstances are but the important thing is if Christ is with me in those circumstances. I am once again reminded of how as a westerner I am so spoiled. Many of the women here do all their laundry by hand and do much of their cooking outdoors. I at least have the luxury of a kitchen and a stove that works. My problems are petty compared to what others go through. But in the midst of the pettiness, Christ is there to give me strength in what my circumstance is. I am grateful for that.

Our week has been good. Our son is better after a dose of antibiotics. The washing machine was repairable. We figured out how the toaster oven could still work and if need be we could use the gas oven and open all the windows. And to top it all off our hot water in the kitchen started working again. Did I also mention that we got a care package too?

As I end, I am reminded of a quote from a book I read. The quote comes from The Shepherd’s Castle by George MacDonald. The main character Donal says “When the storm is upon us, it seems as if there never could be any sunshine more; but our hopelessness does not keep back the sun when his hour to shine is come.” Remembering also that someday that Jesus will be coming for us on the clouds. It will probably be on that day when we need Him most.

Dear God, May I trust your goodness in all things. Thank you for all you have done for us. You have provided above and beyond. Forgive me when I forget and am ungrateful. May I use what you have given me to be a blessing to those around me. Amen

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