Archive for August, 2012

Life’s Inconveniences

August 20, 2012

I got a big shock early this morning when I stepped into my kitchen. My wet socks told me something was up. Sure enough when I turned on the lights, water covered the floor. Some had trickled into the dining room and living room. The dining room rug and padding were wet. What happened? I quickly surmised that the water was not coming from my kitchen sink pipes. They were dry. I looked up and could tell the water was traveling from the pipes inside the wall.

I took a risk and called my neighbor three floors directly above me. I apologized for calling so early in the morning (around 4) and quickly mentioned what was going on in my place and asked if she were having a similar problem. At first she said “No” and that it was probably the apartment right above mine. Then in a matter of seconds she said, “It is me. Water is everywhere in my kitchen! The faucet came off and I can’t get it back on! Water was dripping last night before I went to bed and I said I would take care of it this morning. I’m glad you called me. I’d rather deal with it at this hour than at six when I was going to get up.” We quickly hung up to face our respective water challenges, agreeing to stay in touch with updates. I called management to report the mishap and to hopefully get help as soon as possible.

I knew that all the plans I had for the morning would be shelved; removing the water quickly was the top priority. I thought about the thousands of local residents who encountered far worse a couple of months ago due to severe storms and power outages. I was grateful. This was inconvenient, but manageable.  I also reflected on the wise sayings that encourage us not to put off for tomorrow what can be done today as well as the warning about self confidence found in James 4:13-16: “Look here, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.’ How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, ‘If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.”  Otherwise you are boasting about your own plans and all such boasting is evil.”

Take it from me…You never know what you’ll face when it’s the dawning of a new day and your feet hit the floor.