by Sandy Kirby Quandt
It’s wonderful to return home after time away. To relax among the familiar. Sleep in your own bed. Putter around the yard.
It’s not so wonderful, however, to return home to find a mysterious liquid stain on the ceramic tile in the living room under the entertainment center, a leaking pipe in the kitchen, and a broken air conditioner unit outside.
The night Pilot and I returned from our trip to Colorado last month, he noticed a liquid stain creeping out from under the entertainment center in our living room.
The next day I heard water running in the kitchen as the clothes washer drained.
The day after that we both heard a screeching, grinding noise coming from the air conditioning unit outside.
The running water?
I discovered it was a leaky pipe under the kitchen sink.
But you want to know the really great thing about the leak? Sitting under the pipe was a large, empty flower vase. That’s right. The water drained into the glass vase instead of all over the cabinet floor.
After a trip to the hardware store, Pilot fixed the leak in no time…and left the vase right where it was.
The screeching, grinding noise?
A worn out condenser motor and capacitor.
Fortunately, the air conditioner repair man was able to come to the house the day after we called. He happened to have the correct parts needed and was able to make the required repairs during that service call. And the day was cool and overcast so no need to run the a.c. until it was fixed.
That mysterious liquid stain?
Have no idea.
Our first thought was the refrigerator which backs up to the wall near the leak. But when we pulled it out from the wall, nothing, fortunately. While we were on our trip our area had copious amounts of rain. Possibly, the water seeped from the ground near the area where the sunken living room is.
Each of these incidences could have been cause for frustration, annoyance and alarm. Especially since we returned home tired and Pilot needed to be at work the following day.
Just as Satan pursued Peter, he pursues those of us who claim Christ as Lord and Savior. The deceiver wants to frustrate us, cause us to become angry, make us give up. He strives to make our lives miserable.
But in the midst of the battle, we have a Mighty Advocate who sits on his throne in heaven at the right hand of his Father and pleads our case daily.
Feeling like things are falling apart around you? Leaky pipes. Broken appliances. Mysterious whatevers.
Your health. Job. Finances. Relationships.
Whatever Satan tosses at us, we need not despair. Instead we should hold onto the hope we have in Jesus because greater is HE who is in us, than he who is in the world.
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Simon, Simon, how Satan has pursued you, that he might make you part of his harvest. But I have prayed for you. I have prayed that your faith will hold firm and that you will recover from your failure and become a source of strength for your brothers here. Luke 22:31-32 (Voice)
I wish you well.
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