Over coffee this morning Bob and I recounted the week’s irritations, the fingernail scratching the chalkboard annoyances, the misadventures that pushed us to our limit.
1. Of course you know about my phone. Enough said.
2. We ordered a new microwave for our office, which would be delivered with the new refrigerator for an additional $13.00. The refrigerator arrived right on time – without the microwave. Bob called the store, four times, before they found the order. He canceled it, drove to the mall and purchased a new microwave. On Friday UPS showed up with the original order. We’re quite certain the story isn’t over. We’re waiting for a new charge to show up on the credit card.
3. We attended a conference in December. Our account was charged double. After several email exchanges everything got straightened out, but in the moment it was a crazy-maker.
4. The driver’s seat in my car inadvertently loses it’s grip and slides back and forth without catching. Thursday we sat in the mall parking lot sliding back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. We’d stop, look under the seat for a solution. Then, back and forth, back and forth. Madness! Brought to the end of our ever-loving rope, we cried out to Jesus. “Help us! We don’t know what to do…please help the seat to click.” Within seconds…yes, really: Click. “Thank You for caring about sliding seats.”
“In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy…” (I Peter 1:6-9)
Right now the calamity of life is necessary because it proves the faithfulness of Jesus, which strengthens our faith. Bob and I laughed at our week and agreed, Jesus showed up in the mayhem. He didn’t dissolve all the problems, but He mysteriously gave us strength to persevere. And today we praised Him. We agreed, we love Him – even though we don’t see Him. We rejoiced with joy that’s hard to put in words, and look forward to the not yet when we’ll see Him face to face.