“Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
(Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.)
In the row of four walkway lights, leading to our front door, one non functioning bulb was obvious and upsetting. We just installed those!
Finding a LED replacement bulb seemed an easy task. Proceeding down to the local Lowe’s, I anticipated no problems. However, a few cropped up – beginning with the fact, Lowe’s has (at least) two separate displays devoted to light bulbs – and in both displays, the LED bulbs are stored behind displays, in small packages, with small print.
The first cheerful, helpful sales associate directed me to a humongous display of bulbs, found one that matched the size of my burned out bulb, assuring me, this was the one; I did not read labels, for it matched the size and shape of the one clutched in my hand. However, it cost over six dollars, for a fixture that was less than twenty dollars!
Wavering, I moseyed over to the outdoor fixtures’ aisle just for curiosity sake.
The sales associate in this department was also friendly but not so confident about finding a replacement bulb from another considerable large array of choices. This area was not as well lighted as the previous display; the packages were harder to see. After the first attempt, he recommended going to a speciality light bulb store across town (a direction not helpful to a newcomer to a big city like Dallas). I then expressed my frustration that Lowe’s would sell a fixture and no replacement bulbs! So, he searched around for other bulbs, from a series of small bins labeled with hard-to-read characters.
I then checked the box of a fixture similar to the ones we installed, and my problem was not simply getting the right bulb and being certain it was an outdoor replacement bulb – but making sure the bulb was the proper voltage. The sales associate retrieved one; the price was better: three dollars for two bulbs. As I had become a more discerning reader of lilliputian letters, I examined the package of light bulbs the other sales associate showed me, comparing it to the packages in this department. Though the right shape and size, I now saw the former was for indoor fixtures. Therefore, though it had been recommended confidently, it was not a match.
I am often like that row of lights leading to our front door – part of me is burned out; I shouldn’t be – but I am. And it’s as obvious as an unevenly illuminated walk. Not only am I unattractive, I can trip other people up. Somebody needs to replace me!
Scripture says rest – (let God) take care of my body. (1 Kings 19)
Scripture says rest – (let God) take of my spirit. (Isaiah 30:15)
Scripture says rest – (let God) take care of my heart. (Isaiah 139:23-24)
Maybe I should let God – do for me what only He will, so that light comes back on? (Psalm 51-12-13)