We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
It was just another love note. It seems this love note thing happens all the time. A love note is when there is something, a crisis, a life bump or just something we need a little help with and well, Calvary shows up. I always think it is God’s way of helping me out. He knows and He cares. It happened several weeks ago again. First, it had been dry and overnight God turned on the faucet and sent several inches of rain. We so needed it. The farmers needed it, the gardeners needed and the people who find some twisted joy in mowing grass needed it. And it came in abundance.
So God has blessed us with a really great home. We like older homes and this one qualifies in anyone’s book. Best we can tell the core of the house was built in 1898 with a couple of additions added by a couple of brothers after World War II. The house is brick (part of the post-World War II renovation) and has some great 1940’s trim work inside. Like I said, we are blessed. But there is one thing I wish we didn’t have and that is a wet basement. When it rains a lot quickly, we get water in our basement. Fortunately we have a good drain so it usually runs across the floor and into the drain and it is no more than an annoyance. That is…until it is not.
Well, the morning of the big rain, Judy came and got me and told me we had a shallow swimming pool in the basement. This produced a groan and a moan. Before I even saw the Red Sea that had gathered in my basement I was thinking plumbers and dollar signs. What if the drain pipe had collapsed? What if they had to dig up the yard? What if I had to sell my first born to pay for all of this? It was the old “Lions, tigers and bears, oh my” reaction which is pretty typical for me when I hear there is a small sea in my basement.
So, I followed her down and sure enough there was about three or four feet (just kidding) of water in my basement. I told her I would call the plumber after a while and see what needed to be done. Then…I had a thought. I decided I would go over to the drain and see if the problem was there. So I put on my scuba gear and got my shark repellant and headed over to the drain. There is a strainer over the drain and the first thing I did was remove that. When I looked it was indeed pretty clogged up and when I removed it the water did begin to drain…some.
It was time for phase two. I stuck my finger down into the drain hole and immediately a giant anaconda grabbed my finger…no just kidding. What I did find was a piece of wire that had either got under or through the cover or broken off of something in the drain and it was covered with slimy stuff. I pulled that out and bam…the water started draining faster…fast enough to make that little tornado thing that happens when water is draining good. Soon, the water was gone and I was smiling again.
I was thanking God, and Judy, my wife, was thanking God because we both knew that He had acted on our behalf. You see, our default reaction these days is no matter how routine, no matter how everyday—we are learning to thank God and give Him the glory. And do you know what? We do it because we believe it. We just believe that from the smallest to the biggest it is God acting on our behalf. We just refuse to believe things are circumstance and happenstance. We believe in a God who is into the details. Now all that doesn’t mean that things always turn up roses. No, we have our share of dandelions too, but we are learning to thank God for those too because He can and does turn dandelions into daisies.
A verse I quote a lot and that holds a lot of value in my world is found in a letter Paul wrote to the Romans about 2,000 years ago. It was true then and it is true now. It says that God can cause good to come out of any circumstances…for those who trust and believe in Him. It doesn’t mean that He snaps His finger, and everything is good but that He can bring good from everything. So, as you bump along life’s path and you have a flat tire on a rainy Monday or a basement full of water, just remember, no matter the outcome…God loves you and cares about you. Before you call the plumber, talk to Him. You may still have to call the plumber, but you can have the assurance that, “He’s got this.” Oh, and by the way, if my house is up for sale and you are thinking about buying it…forget what I about the basement. Smile. Bro. Dewayne