Recently, I opened my refrigerator to discover that the air inside the fridge was surprisingly NOT COLD. (Why is it when the refrigerator breaks, we panic about losing $20 of food and leftovers? I mean the day after Thanksgiving, now that is a time to panic, but a few days before pay day, and the fridge is almost empty, if there is ever a good time for the fridge to break, that is it. But, I digress.)
So, at 9pm on a Thursday night, we headed out to the local refrigerator store. While at the store, I became like a man in a mid-life crisis shopping for a shiny red sports car. (I think my 99 Camry was actually jealous.) I think maybe the excitement came from the fact that this was our first major purchase since starting Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace 4 years ago. (Don’t tell Dave, that we still have 6 months to go, but I just couldn’t bear the thought of buying another 1950’s style fridge, which of course we bought in year 1 of Financial Peace. Again, I digress)
So there I am, in the local refrigerator store, and I see it. It was beautiful. I walked up to this stunning machine, put both my hands on it, and I said, “this is the one.” The salesmen came over and explained that this model had dual cooling units, which will keep your food fresher longer. I thought to myself, “you had me at dual cooling units.”
Fast forward to Friday, and I can’t wait to get home from work to see my shiny new toy (don’t judge). I walk in, and what do I see…drip, drip, drip…from the water dispenser. But I refused to let a few drops of water ruin my excitement, so I pulled out the trouble shooting guide to solve the pesky dripping problem. I then pulled my shiny new toy (I said, don’t judge) out from the wall to turn off the water, and what do I see…DRIP, DRIP, DRIP….from the water line, and a rather large puddle of water on the hard wood floor. NOT GOOD! I turned off the water, cleaned up the mess, and went to the local hardware store to buy some plumbing supplies.
Well, after I got over the frustration of the fact that the installation crew from the local refrigerator store left a mess for me to clean up, it occurred to me, that if it was not for the little drip, drip, drip, I would not have found the larger DRIP, DRIP, DRIP, until the damage was already done. I was very thankful that the good Lord gave me a little warning to help me avoid a BIG problem.
The book of Proverbs has a word about this…The wise see danger ahead and avoid it, but fools keep going and get into trouble. (Proverbs 22:3 EXB) Now I am not calling myself wise, or anyone fools, I am simple saying that it is wise to listen to and pay attention to the warnings from the Lord, and it is foolish not to. Are there any small warnings of danger the good Lord has put in your path to help direct your steps? Listen and Obey. Not much more I can add to this instruction. Listen and Obey pretty much covers it.
What’s that dear, “you say the new ice maker isn’t making any ice, and there is an image of ice cubes flashing on my shiny new toy?” UNBELIEVABLE! Now what was I reading in James the other day about looking at trials as an opportunity for joy. Who knew the good Lord can use a busted refrigerator, I mean my shiny new toy, to fill my heart with joy!