The Garage Door

This morning I was greeted by a note from my husband, written in large black friendly letters which said:

Do Not Use the Garage Door. It has jumped the track!

Uh oh! I thought about how I had planned to go grocery shopping and wondered for a moment if I was trapped in my own home as the store is several miles away, there is no public transportation, etc. Rather than do the reasonable thing and simply head downstairs and check on the state of things, I did what most wives would probably do. I called my husband and interrupted him at work. mrgreen.gif

He patiently explained to me that he hadn't forgotten about me when he managed to get his car out of the garage. He went back in and rescued my car. It was sitting in the driveway. Whew!

This morning was spent trying to find someone to come and repair my garage door. I said a quick prayer asking God to lead me and found someone. While on the phone with the garage door repairman, I went out to my garage to describe to him what had happened. Now my inexperienced eyes saw only one thing at first. I saw that the top roller on the right side was displaced and the corner of the door was hanging out in space rather than in the run where it was supposed to be. In my mind, it had simply popped out of place and that was the problem.

The expert however, knew that something had caused this to happen so he instructed me to go back and look at the cables at the other end of the doors. Everything looked fine (to my eyes) on the right side but when I looked on the right side, the opposite side, I let out a gasp. The bottom roller on that side had broken. That was actually what needed to be replaced. Well, not exactly because there were some other issues that had probably caused the increased tension that had caused the break. I didn't have to have the garage door replaced at this time. A fix that could last for another few years could take care of the problem for a fraction of the cost. I opted for the repair and will be saving my pennies toward a replacement in the future.

I am reminded that often times the problems we encounter in our lives are actually a result of another problem, our relationship with God. We get off track and things are no longer moving along smoothly but there was something deeper that caused us to "get off track". We are neglecting our time with God. We have been negligent in regularly applying the oil of the Holy Spirit to our hearts and mind. We have not inspected things to make sure things are running properly. In other words we have not maintained our relationship with God. We can attempt to shove things back on track but unless we address the real problem, we will keep jumping the track again and again and again.

Sometimes we know exactly what the real problem is. Other times we can only see the symptoms. I am very thankful that God always knows the real problem and what's more, He can help me fix it. He expertly repairs or even replaces the broken or missing parts. Like my repairman, He doesn't just simply tell me what needs to be done. He takes the time to show me exactly what happened, why it happened and what needs to be done about. Sometimes He will even teach me a bit about what He is doing and why. Then He will instruct me about what I must do to maintain things and keep them in working order. It is up to me whether I will heed His words or not. If I do, I will run well. If I don't, I can be sure to find myself in the same position once again in short order. Listening to and obeying God is always the wisest course of action.

My garage door did not have to be replaced... yet. It is over 25 years old and it will have to be replaced in another few years due to wear and tear but in the meantime, thanks to the expert, it is not only working but running smoother than ever. He has given me instructions on what to do to keep it performing a bit longer and I am going to heed his warning that it will not last forever and prudently start saving my pennies for that day so that I will be prepared for the inevitable. I could ignore his advice but that wouldn't be prudent. Likewise, we too need to heed what God tells us.

Blessings!

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Sarah Vm @godissogood ·

"Like my repairman, He doesn't just simply tell me what needs to be done. He takes the time to show me exactly what happened, why it happened and what needs to be done about. Sometimes He will even teach me a bit about what He is doing and why. Then He will instruct me about what I must do to maintain things and keep them in working order."

A well put message, shared through a good story - a joy to read, thank you.

Incidentally, I would probably have done the same thing, on seeing the note ... without thinking that a solution might already be in place. After all, better safe than squished by a door. :wink:

God bless, Sarah

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Barbra Lambert @enje25 ·

Oh, I just love this blog! It teaches us such a good lesson about the need to stay on track.

"We get off track and things are no longer moving along smoothly but there was something deeper that caused us to "get off track". We are neglecting our time with God. We have been negligent in regularly applying the oil of the Holy Spirit to our hearts and mind. We have not inspected things to make sure things are running properly. In other words we have not maintained our relationship with God. We can attempt to shove things back on track but unless we address the real problem, we will keep jumping the track again and again."

How easy it is to become neglectful of "our time with God," especially when we're caught off-guard at a vulnerable moment by someone, or something, and respond wrongly; then worry and fret because of not knowing how to fix the problem that erupted from the vulnerability. :cry: Or worse yet, "stew" in frustration and try to handle matters from the angle of the flesh! *I'm thinking of three incidents that just happened to me today - so very unexpected; and I FAILED every one of them. So your message really spoke to me about how I had neglected my time with God.

A much needed and "timely" blog, K :princess: ! Thank you.

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John Knox @watchmanjohn ·

Another excellent blog - but can I say parable?

wmj

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Beth M @blest ·

Another great analogy, the K :princess: forte!

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Les Braswell @doneuntotheleast ·

I am reminded that often times the problems we encounter in our lives are actually a result of another problem, our relationship with God. We get off track and things are no longer moving along smoothly but there was something deeper that caused us to "get off track".

Great sentence and relation to our walk with the Lord.

In Him,
Les

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