It’s been a challenging few months. It all started with just a little crack…
We discovered a narrow crack in the grout of our downstairs bathroom, then
we found moisture oozing from the crack (the blooming mushroom gave it away!), then
we felt the wet carpet on the other side of the bathroom wall, then
the plumber found the broken wall pipe from the upstairs kitchen, then
the contractor had to rip up the carpet, wallboard, and bathroom, then
we found groundwater seeping through our 45-year-old foundation, then
the jackhammering started for the interior french drain, then
the furnace stopped working due to all of the jackhammer dust, then
my husband’s car got damaged in the parking lot at the gym!
Each day brought new and less-than-exciting discoveries. Oh my … the construction and never-ending decisions consumed most of my brain space. We tried to keep our perspective. In the bigger picture, our children were doing great. We were all healthy. Work and ministry were good.
But the house was making us crazy! We tried really hard to place our worries before the Lord. My devotional times kept me sane. I felt God’s presence granting patience and guidance.
We are nearly done with the repairs. Plastic sheeting no longer covers the couch and chairs. The shelves are back in place. Knick knacks are returning to the shelves.
Good and Bad of the Crisis
I can now also reflect on the good that emerged…
The broken pipe allowed for some insurance coverage, and
the furnace got a much needed check-up, and
the basement no longer has a musty odor, and
the new carpet is awesome, and
the new insulation in the walls will be great next winter, and
we did the most thorough Spring Cleaning ever (everything got dusted before placement in new locations, oak end tables got polished, leather got conditioned, and windows got cleaned!)
But then … regrettable consequences also remain in the wake of every crisis. For us, the insurance company did not cover all the repairs; but we are enormously grateful for the availability of our home equity loan. Secondly, we cannot regain the lost hours spent dealing with all of the repairs. I am deeply saddened that my writing goals wasted away.
A Time for Everything
Solomon recognized the ebbs and flows of life (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8). There is a season for everything. The past few months have been our time to tear down and to build (literally!). As our house crisis mounted, other responsibilities and expectations changes. The season changed. We ate out more often. I used personal vacation days from work to meet contractors. And, we made welcomed changes in our remodeled decor.
My friend, Gary, recently asked me how my 2014 word “Courage” is playing out. I told him my “courageous goals” have been on hold due to the house issues. But now I believe that the Lord put me in Courage 101. Class description: do not allow the number of decisions to immobilize thought, be bold with contractors, research solutions, have confidence in decisions. But most of all, keeping my focus on the Lord flexed and strengthened my courageous muscles.
Have things gone awry for you lately? What are your best ways for coping in a crisis? Please share in the comments below!
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