Moving Past Inconveniences


Mother’s Day began rather quiet and sedate then…

Let me back up three weeks ago — Honey Do started a renovation in our living room and installed a dishwasher when the old one died.  On this past Thursday, my children were here for dinner and as I heated the oven I heard a pop and a crackle and then, began to see sparks.  Thinking the sparks were just something burning off; we put the nachos in only to see more sparks as they traveled up the heating coil.  Honey Do, quickly, shut off the power and we pulled the nachos out.

On Friday, I drove Doodlebug’s car and discovered the alignment was still pulling to the left which we recently fixed.  We left her car with the shop and the guys working on it rolled down her “don’t roll down window” that is now rolled down and stuck.  The car is also still pulling to the left so we’re left to wonder if they really fixed the alignment. 

Fast forward to Sunday, I woke up went into the kitchen to get my breakfast and discovered my laundry room floor was flooded.  The hot water heater was kaput.  Not having enough time to run to my parent’s or my son’s before church to shower, I took a spit bath in the sink.  Ugh! All the while trying to recognize my blessings by thinking about the fact that many around the world take cold showers or have no water every day.

The Mother’s Day brunch that was scheduled to be at my house for the family got moved to my parents and most of the day was spent feeling grimy due to said spit bath and Honey Do installing a new hot water heater which is bigger so I’ve lost valuable storage space.

Isn’t that just the way renovation sometimes happens and not just renovation of a house but, renovation of our souls?  Life’s little annoying inconveniences unravel composure but faith’s growth renovation challenges old patterns. 

When I paused long enough to recognize my grumbling didn’t fix anything, contentment started to root and I began to see reasons for thanksgiving and blessing.  The hot water heater could’ve busted while we were on vacation and flooded the house for a week.  We had the means to buy a tank on short notice as well as a son-in-law who pitched in to help install the tank.  Our family gathered to share a meal together and the day was gorgeous.  Doodlebug’s car runs and can be fixed. And I can find humor and contentment in a day filled with errors.

How about you? Do you have moments like this too?



“But, godliness with contentment is great gain.” 
 1 Timothy 6:6 NIV Bible

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