Maybe it’s the season, Lent, but recent things on our to-do list seem like apt images for a few heart and soul issues – when life hurts because of stuff I can’t control.
Yesterday we got two things fixed:
1. A persistent, reappearing crack in our bathtub
|A Reoccurring Crack
2. The damage my spiffy Civic sustained when a driver misjudged the size of the parking space her SUV required.
|Repaired -- at an OH so Reasonable price!
(Truth be told, we didn’t – instead, capable and affordable folks we were fortunate to find helped us. )
The initial repair bids for both the tub and the car were so steep, and the amount of time necessary to right the problems so long, we toyed with the idea of just ignoring the problems – they were, after all, minor – maybe, we could just live with their nuisance. However, a crack in a fiberglass bathtub meant the tub was out of commission. (We do have a separate shower.) Those thin scrapes across the right back fender looked tacky and could invite rust to breed. Ignoring them would be the equivalent of walking around with a torn hem, or coffee stains on a white shirt!
So, Doug kept pursuing leads, and he found service providers whose talents dovetailed into the solutions to our problems without breaking the bank, and inconveniencing us for weeks. What a relief!
And then I thought about the willingness with which I can ignore stress fractures in relationships – caused by old injuries or new offenses. How can I say I believe Christ walked out of the grave, but act like He has no power to heal the harm I did, or the pain I suffered?
Counting the cost, and remembering Who really paid – pays – all the bills I rack up is the first step in healing stress fractures, recurring or brand new. That's one way to observe Lent.
The second is being willing to look for ways to restore and repair – beginning with me. (Isaiah 59:2; Psalm 51) Other times, it is simply letting go of minor grievances, real and imagined, believing that God is keeping count of all my tears. (Psalm 56:8)
We found affordable help, and fixed two nagging problems, so that we have the use of what we need and enjoy. How much more important are the relationships that God established?
o Never give up on someone you can't go a day without thinking about. ~Author Unknown (See Matthew 5:23-24 and Matthew 18:15-35)
Other ruminations on Lent: