The Plug In Dilemma

>> Saturday, August 20, 2011

Our refrigerator just wasn’t providing enough space for our food needs, plus the cold drinks we wanted to have on hand for when folks dropped by … or for our impromptu get-togethers. So I measured the garage wall between the door to the laundry room and the heating/cooling system. Leaving room for the light switch to be accessible, I had 23” available for a small refrigerator. Even though I work at an appliance store, it was not a size we kept in stock, so it had to be special ordered. In the meantime, cans of pop and bottles of water and various types of teas were stored on wire shelving in that space.  

The refrigerator was to be delivered on Thursday, so Tuesday night I cleaned off the shelving … moving it out of the way for the arrival of the new appliance. Imagine my surprise when I discovered there was no plug-in behind that shelf.  

Now what?  

A #12 extension cord is stretched from another wall to allow the refrigerator to receive power. There are plug ins further down on that wall being used by other equipment. The builder of our home will provide direction on what can be plugged where, so the cord across the floor is only temporary.  

As I worked in the garage, I thought about the various types of people in the world. There are those who assume they have power available. Their philosophy is all they need to do is just move some issues around in their life and they will be able to discover a plug in. Some spend their whole life, never moving anything … hoping that when power is needed, it will be there.  

Others have realized even though they re-arranged their life … new wife …new house … new job … that what they really have is an extension cord strung through their relationships … family … toys … that is only temporary. This re-arrangement is not a true fix.  

Christ-followers know exactly where the plug in is … and no extension cord is needed. No re-arranging of our issues is required. This plug in can handle the big jobs as well as the small ones. And the power never goes out … not even when the tornado hits.  

I know. I’ve been through some life tornadoes … relying totally on the power available in Christ.

“How great is our Lord! His power is absolute! His understanding is beyond comprehension.” Psalm 147:5 (NLT)


Lisa Mikitarian August 20, 2011 at 3:02 PM  

You are SO right! Thank goodness I found the plug--even as I was floundering in the dark.

Marijo (Mary Jo) Phelps August 21, 2011 at 5:55 AM  

I can see right now what the problem is - the frig is SO clean that the groceries have no idea where they are (certainly not my frig!) Oh, man....

Joy Bach August 21, 2011 at 11:27 AM  

Thanks Lisa and Marijo for checking in. Love it when you do.

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