28 03 2012

So when it was day six of my various electronic malfunctions, I got to thinking:  Wait… huh, day six? Yes, I know: Compared to the horrible, tragic things going on in the world today (near and far); my household electronic malaise seem quite trivial.

However, when you get up a full head of steam, finally stop procrastinating and drag out the “Pet Eradicator” (that would be the vacuum cleaner since all three pets abhor the thing-they’re now caucusing to contact the P.P.P. ~ Pet Protection Patrol on me for scaring them weekly), but the ‘Pet Eradicator’ doesn’t work… click-click, nothing.

Mumbling incoherently, I march off to do some other useful, necessary task: Make lunch for Dear Hubby and me. So okay– it’s after two o’clock, but there was all of that Emailing and E-replying and the most important of all, the E-Courtesy O.P.B. (Other People’s Blogs) to review.

Hmm, what’s that dripping sound? Why is the frozen grape juice slushy? That’s odd: Also, the turkey breast lunch meat and Provolone cheese are flavorful and room temp instead of tasteless, cold and difficult to peel off into slices… how curious.

My last coherent, normalized words that I can recall from six days ago ended with, “Want some ice in your juice, Hon?” Positioning the cup, I was prepared to do my usual juggling act of catching stray cubes that are determined to commit suicide-by-floor. Instead, however, slightly cool water came streaming out of the in-door-ice dispenser…click, click…huh?

More incoherent mumbling, as I march over to the phone to call whatshisname, you know…the repair guy from… you know; as my Dear One sits quietly munching his room temp turkey on wheat with warm grape juice; mildly interested.

Okay, maybe whatshername remembers the repair guys name so I can give him a call; I can remember her number, but my brain seems to be flickering in and out in spurts like static irritation. There is no dial tone…click, click…huh?

Okay, has the world ended? Are we ‘Left Behind?’ It’s time to turn on the TV. That’s right; you guessed it… click, click…Oforgetaboutit!

Fleetingly, I recall Blogging about “Decisions” and being responsible for making “Choices.” Yeah, right, uh huh. So I decided to sit down, finish my sandwich, drink my warm juice and say, “Thank you Jesus.” My Dear One has respiratory situations and should not be unduly stressed; that’s why he has me: I get stressed enough for a family of six (but that’s another posting).

While munching the sandwich (being room temperature really brings out the flavor-that’s so interesting), the other side of my brain is hatching a plan to get in the car and drive 2 miles next door to see if their phone lines are still working… All of us out here are connected to phone, television, satellite/Wi-Fi: Happy Bundling! Why, why did I fall for bundling? That service rep girl was so sweet, she was in college, a nice American girl with a job (in America—Hallelujah) and she found the most wonderful discounts for us… what a cute little accent from deep down South she had…aww. Now I’m bundled! Ugh!

O, I hear you snickering out there: ‘Just use your cell and call the phone company, silly goose!’ Well, Star Tech, I haven’t fulfilled that part of my to-do list, cell-battery-wise, since December or something. Okay?

Unceremoniously arriving at my neighbors, they were offline too, but wonder-of-wonders… their cell phone worked! I called the phone company (yeah, take a number whydoncha), called whatshisname the frig repair guy since I was already at whatshername’s house. She gave me a cold diet 7Up (ahhbless you my child) and allowed me to whine all over her kitchen table unencumbered.

Weary and disconnected, I returned home to Dear Hubby, dog, dog and cat (my family). Suddenly my Dear One says, “Quick, what Scripture comes to mind for this situation?” Blinking, I was amazed that, ‘NOW,’ now, of all times you want to play our little game of “Name That Scripture?” I restrained myself from replying, “Jesus wept.”

Later I couldn’t stop thinking of his question and here are just a few of the answers that the Holy Spirit floated to me when I simply sat peacefully: TV-free; PC-free and phone-free. I believe these Scriptures need no explanation. I believe my Heavenly Father wanted some quality-face-time with me and He didn’t want to be fit into my abundant E-schedule:

  • You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you: because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3 NKJV
  • “…because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world. I John 4:4(b)
  • There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear…  I John 4:18 (a)
  • To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heavens  Ecclesiastes 3:1 –Author’s note: If you hear a faint harmonious chorus of: “Turn, turn, turn” whenever this Scripture is quoted (via the Back Door Majority) then in the voice of Jeff Foxworthy: ‘Then you might be over 50!’
  • And all things, whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive…  Matthew 21:22   (One of the Author’s favorites)

Day six, as I orchestrate comings and goings for the installation of the Frig-thingy; change the whatchamacallit on the Pet Eradicator  and chat with the  Satellite/Phone repair guy swinging precariously from a cherry picker high above my house; I smile and think of that old, lovely hymn: “Learning to Lean, I’m learning to lean; I’m learning to lean on Jesus. Finding more power than I’ve ever seen; I’m learning to lean on Jesus.”

Be Blessed!  The Lightkeeper





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