If you don't want to feel really sorry for me, don't look at this picture:
No, not the orange counter tops, Silly.
Did you see the missing "On" button on my coffee maker? Um, yeah. Broken as could be! This means I have to set the "Delay Brew" option each time I want to make some coffee. I know people have bigger problems than this, but this mama needs her coffee these days more than ever!
With the demise of my "on" button, I couldn't help but notice that the handle has been broken on my toaster for years now, and the knob fell off the crock pot, too. Last winter we received notice that our furnace was on it's final leg as well. I guess we are experiencing the winter of our appliances in this 13th year of our marriage.
Yes, this season our bodies are tired and our appliances are wearing out; but our hearts, our minds and our souls are being renewed day by day. A few months ago, a friend sent me this verse. I suppose he thought it applied to our family, and while I hesitate to put myself in this category, I won't deny that His word is true because we have so much evidence in our lives:
"and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like spring whose waters never fail." Isaiah 58:10-11
Yes, we are tired. It is the good kind of tired. The kind of tired that feels good because you are spending yourself on behalf of others and for the Lord.
And our needs are being met. Abundantly so. People from church have given us delicious meals, provided us with baby clothes and diapers. Many are praying.
A few weeks ago someone (we still don't know who), gave us a furnace. I'm not even kidding. They heard we needed one and they set it up for us to have one installed. I'm still not over the shock.
Can you imagine my face as I get a phone call like this:
Furnace Man: "Uh, ma'am, this is So and So from ________Heating and Cooling. Do you need a furnace?
Me (silently): Wow, this guy is good! and what timing! I do need a furnace...
Me (aloud): "Um, yes, actually, we do."
Furnace Man: "Okay, because I have an order to install a furnace for you."
Me: "Um..., what?"
Furnace Man: "I know it is strange, but somebody wants me to come out for an estimate and wants me to give the bill to them."
Me: "You are not kidding me, right?"
Furnace Man: "I am not totally sure its not a joke either, but I don't think it is".
Me: "Okay, come on out!".
So don't be afraid to say "yes" to God. God is still good. He still provides. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills. He supplies what you need at the perfect time.
We are living proof.