A Matter of Perspective
Monday, December 23, 2013
My original plan was to write a blog entitled "UGH! What a Day!!!" But, as soon as I started to compose it in my head, I knew that wasn't what I really want to convey. Yes, yesterday (a Sunday, no less) was horrible.
It started almost the minute I got up, when Paul noticed water by the water heater. Take down the wall panel, discover (surprise!) a leak. Shut if off, except that the shutoff isn't quite complete. Turn it way down to save on heating water, just a pilot light. Get pans for holding water, since we can't ever drain it completely w/o a total shutoff at the source. Decide not to pay for a weekend emergency plumber call. Empty the drain pan every hour all day. cold shower for David just before bed so he can warm up there. Alarm every hour to wake me overnight for emptying the water. Not my best sleep, that's for sure.
But that's not all, SparkFriends! Dead microwave as of wake-up coffee time yesterday. Then, around 10:00am, discovering that NOT ONE burner of the stove top is working! Oven works, so it's not the whole stove. But out to lunch, knowing it will be cold leftovers for supper and then breakfast, all the while emptying water every hour.
So I crawled into bed yesterday afternoon for a nap, and all I could think about was what a stressful day it was, NOT looking forward to the broken sleep of the night, and dreading the money news of the unknown. But then I woke up and came out to sit on our love seat with Paul and read. Suddenly, I was absolutely thunderstruck by how wrong my thinking was.
Yes, we had water heater, stove, and microwave issues - all with upcoming financial consequences. But truly, we are blest! First and foremost, we have this crazy group called a family. And that includes two cats and two dogs. (And I already know that dog saliva is the strongest antidepressant known). And here I was, on a bitterly cold day, forgetting that we also had shelter, with a fully functional furnace. We have a well-stocked fridge and the ability to get creative about cooking what's in it. We have canned and dry food. We have at least cold running water. We have electricity. We have furniture. We have warm clothes and real shoes. Then and there, I knew I was far more thankful for what we have than worried about what else was going on. And I'm making the conscious choice to praise God for blessing us in these, and MANY more, ways.
This morning, start chili in the crockpot and plan meals for that and the oven in the event of a worst-case scenario - especially with this a holiday weekend.
Plumber here by 9:00 this morning. Water heater fixable, which saves big bucks over replacement!
Appliance guy here at 10:00. All four stove plugs found to be disconnected from the burners (yeah, we were too dumb to lift the stove top yesterday and find that out). And then, all four plugs disconnected from the wires behind them besides. No way even Erik would pull that off, so I sure don't have any idea what happened to them all at once. So Kent replaced two of the plugs, which he had on the truck, and he'll be back tomorrow to finish. Also good - functioning front burners, and the total cost nowhere near that of a new (reconditioned) stove. Alas, the microwave is truly dead.
But we are content, which is the greatest of all gifts God could have given us!