We sail within a vast sphere, ever drifting in uncertainty, driven from end to end. When we think to attach ourselves to any point and to fasten to it, it wavers and leaves us; and if we follow it, it eludes our grasp, slips past us, and vanishes for ever. Nothing stays for us. This is our natural condition, and yet most contrary to our inclination; we burn with desire to find solid ground and an ultimate sure foundation whereon to build a tower reaching to the Infinite. But our whole groundwork cracks, and the earth opens to abysses.
I find my ears straining for the sound of it day and night. Will it work the way it is supposed to or must I call the repairman to come in again? This is what happens when there is an intermittent problem; when sometimes something works and sometimes it doesn't. People who make their living repairing mechanical and electronic devises hate intermittent problems. They believe they have identified the source of the problem. They deal with the problem. It appears they have corrected the problem but then out of nowhere, the problem surfaces once again. What was the problem? They did not identify and fix the real problem.
I've never paid much attention to my furnace other than making sure it gets regular inspections and gets a good cleaning when needed. I certainly pay attention to it if it stops in the dead of winter though. Many years ago, we awakened on a cold January morning and gasped. The furnace was out. Racing downstairs to the basement, we discovered the problem much to our relief. It appeared that our two year old had found a "light switch" and had thoughtfully decided to flip it for us. It was a simple matter of flipping it back on and as it roared back to life, we found the guilty party, brought him to the crime scene and sternly warned him that if he touched that switch again... THIS would happen!
Nearly seven years ago, we awakened at 1:00 a.m. to a strangely cold and silent house. Uh-oh... no heat. As it was extremely cold out, a nice man came out right away, identified the problem, fixed our furnace and was on his way.
It's been different this time. Nice men have been ringing my doorbell at all hours, tramped downstairs, declared what they thought the problem was, replaced parts and left with the furnace happily singing away. Apparently the furnace misses them because shortly after they leave... it stops again. Sigh... time for another phone call.
The last guy came out at about 6:00 p.m. this past Sunday. He came to repair and clean my fireplace when it acted up early last spring. Actually, he has come a few times to do regular maintenance on my furnace as well. We have chatted a bit before and he services my neighborhood quite a bit. I felt a sense of relief because since I live in a townhome complex, most of my neighbors have the exact same furnace as I do.
As he listened to my problem, he nodded and said that a few of my neighbors have had the same problem before. Unfortunately... the cause has not always been the same so... it could be a matter of trial and error. I did not like the sound of that. He replaced a part and left with instructions that if the furnace did not come on again, I was to reset it. Then if it stopped again, I was to call and something else would be tried.
He left and sure enough... the furnace stopped. I reset it and the furnace has now been running properly for a day and a half. I am "hopeful" and yet I am "uncertain". To tell you the truth, I do not trust my furnace anymore. It has let me down, not once, not twice but a number of times recently, even though it had served me faithfully for seven years prior to this. I am very glad I have a gas fireplace and some space heaters because I simply do not have 100% confidence in my furnace.
Life itself is a sea of uncertainty. People betray us, circumstances change. There is nothing in this world we can count on 100%. Nothing. Yet in the middle of all the uncertainty, there is God. He never changes and nothing can ever change Him. He is the only one who can help us navigate the Sea of Uncertainty. Will we let Him?
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Furnaces! They perplex the minds of even the best of repairmen. I do hope one of them will get to the source of the problem soon and be able to repair it.
[quote]Life itself is a sea of uncertainty. People betray us, circumstances change. There is nothing in this world we can count on 100%. Nothing. Yet in the middle of all the uncertainty, there is God. He never changes and nothing can ever change Him. He is the only one who can help us navigate the Sea of Uncertainty. Will we let Him?[/quote]
I love how this goes hand-in-hand with the quote from Pascal.