Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Tomorrow Is Another Day

"Our car broke down. After bumming rides everywhere for weeks, we had a mechanic come here and he put in a new starter - but the old one broke teeth off the flywheel so it's a pain to start and it cost plenty! It dies all the time.

Our washer broke down, for the third time in 3 months, with the same problem each time - and all the Sears people do is bug me about getting a maintenance agreement. If they'd just fix the thing right, I wouldn't need a maintenance agreement!

Our plumber-friend fixed our toilet so it wouldn't leak out the bottom and now it's leaking somewhere else. He told us someone needs to take it out and shoot it. He spent all afternoon putting in new valves in the shower and tub (he had to cut a hole in the wall) and when he got it all in, it shot water out because there is a pinhole, and it has to all be taken out and returned, exchanged and put back in again. But he can't do it until Monday, then we have to take it back Tuesday and he'll replace it Tuesday night. Monday is also when my washer guy is coming, as well as when the week of Vacation Bible School begins (I teach). Also the tax job came in so hubby will have to work long hours. He had to work today, his day off, (fixing the ROOF at the shop!!!) and also get our flat tire fixed, so he came home with a headache, but then had to help the plumber all afternoon, so he had a migraine when the plumber left, and it was also too late to go to the grocery, so we can't go to church tomorrow, because no one can take a shower and we have no food. We had to call people to see if they were willing to cover for us by teaching two classes, passing out materials for Sunday School, doing the attendance stuff for all the classes, rescheduling a meeting. The fan is shooting flames out the back. The tape player ate a Bible tape and ruined the player. Our son broke the key off in the front door lock while I waited on the step with groceries. I had a nightmare, cut my finger and punctured my hand with an ice pick. To top it all off the wood in the back of my chair broke so my bottom sinks way down and my knees are even with my nose."

I was going through some things and found this journal entry from at least 20 years ago. Even though it probably didn't seem funny at the time I wrote it, it sure made me laugh when I read it today. What a bad week we were having! But everything turned out ok in the long run and we got through it. Other problems have been far more serious, devastating even, and God brought us through those as well. As a veteran camper, I really relate to the verse about God's Word being a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path (Psalm 119:105). One time we were camping at a place that was over-run with armadillos. They are pretty cool, prehistoric looking little beasties by day, but trust me, you don't want to step on one in the dark of night. We had a little lantern, and if we held it just right, it would illuminate the spot where we were about to step. We had no idea what might be outside of that spot, but we knew that for that one step, we were not going to tread on any armadillos. So often that is how God leads us. One step at a time and no idea what else is out there, threatening or beckoning. I don't know what the future holds, but I sure know Who holds the future.

I will be out of the loop for a few weeks, what with vacation and my son's wedding and good stuff like that. But I know not everyone has things to celebrate right now, and that there is a lot of unhappiness and uneasiness. I thought I would leave you with this thought.

"And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jer 29:11 (NIV)
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths." Proverbs 3:5&6


nikkipolani said...

I'm sure it's a good thing we don't know what's beyond the lamp light. Have a great vacation and congrats again to your son and soon-to-be daughter-in-law!

Sassy Granny ... said...

Such wisdom. Point us forward and upward. We ARE more than conquerors!

Enjoy you time away and a wonderful family wedding.


Anonymous said...

What a great post! At first I was really feeling sorry for you then I read that it had happened long ago. I was relieved! Hope you enjoy your time off!


Protege said...

I always love reading your posts! What an interesting entry about the machines going all haywire.;)) And all from 20 years ago. It must be incredible feeling to go through all your old journals.
I love the way you think about life and the fact that it is best to live in the day, taking one step at a time. Likewise your comment on my blog yesterday made so much sense in just one single sentence!!:)

I am wishing you a wonderful time off, a lovely wedding and I am looking forward to have you back again with updates.;))

Connie said...

I have had years like that and they are quite funny after the fact! Thank goodness the Lord has the whole picture and if we trust him...our little bits fall into place.

Have a fabulous vacation and again congrats to the soon to be married couple and to all of the Happy Family!!!

jinksy said...

One step at a time is certainly easier when no armadillos litter the path!

Charli and me said...

I'm so sorry your having a difficult time of late. Our year seemed to be last year when so many things went wrong. I hope you have a wonderful vacation. Thank you for the inspiration at the end of your post ♥

Rosezilla said...

Thank you for your kindness, but this was 20 years ago. At present things are really going well.

rhymeswithplague said...

I will never again think of Psalm 119:105 without also thinking of armadillos.

Don't be gone too long.

Merle said...

Hi Tracie ~~ I am so glad things are going well now. That must have been an awful time all those years ago.
You were a cute little girl, off to school.
Have a good holiday and enjoy the wedding and also seeing your great
aunt and other relatives. Glad you enjoyed the jokes. Take care, Love, Merle.

Jill said...

Enjoy your vacation...and your son's wedding...all joyous!

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Thanks for putting things into perspective (I've been worrying about stuff lately), and especially thanks for citing one of my favorite verses.

I'm wishing special blessings on the vacation and wedding.

thedailydish said...

Hope all is VERY WELL!!!! Congrats on the wedding, etc. etc. ENJOY!! xoxoxoxoox

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