"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever." (Ps. 118:29 NIV).
When you choose to visit a hot climate in the
midst of their summer season, the value of air conditioning becomes all
apparent. In our recent January/February trip to Australia, we found
that air conditioning units were so commonplace that I mostly didn't
notice they were there. If I had made the effort to listen, I might have
heard their background "hum", but the sound was so ordinary that it
didn't warrant my attention, and you most certainly wouldn't have heard
me thanking them for doing their job that I wasn't even noticing they
There were a couple of times, however, when
I did take notice of the air conditioner's hum: When the units
were not functioning as they were supposed to. Once, for example, the
unit actually began to blow hot air into the room; and you can believe
me when I say that unit immediately came onto our radar! It
was, after all, already 35-40 degrees outside, and even hotter in the
hotel room! We fussed and fiddled to no avail, and we eventually called
the hotel manager.
It all made me think about God's blessings
and His workings around us. Just like the air conditioning units were
prevalent in Australia, God's handicraft is all around us. The Bible
teaches that He is always at work: "In his defense Jesus
said to them, 'My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I
too am working.'" (John 5:17 NIV). But just like the quiet hum of
the air conditioner was so commonplace that I didn't notice it, do we
understand the Truth that God is always at His work? Do we
see God at work in our lives? Do we recognize the effect
of this work?
I am afraid that I, for one, usually do not.
Especially in the good times. In fact, it isn't until bad circumstances
arise that I generally even think about God's blessings and the
fact that He is always at work around us; and then, just like that air
conditioner unit blowing hot air got my full attention, it is in the
midst of the hard times that I begin to look for God's hand in my
But remember that I couldn't find the problem with
the malfunctioning unit. In the same way, I generally don't see God at
work in the midst of my troubles, either! I don't see it, of course,
because I am looking for a specific resolution to my problem that I
have defined, and when I don't see what I am looking for, I
conclude that God isn't there..
Take my current
"hot-blowing-air-conditioning-unit", for example: God helped us to
understand it was time to think about moving, and our house is currently
on the market. To date, however, not a single person has come by to see
it. It is as if the house is invisible. I see the solution:
People start coming by to see my house, and then my house sells! But is
this God's solution? Apparently not, because it isn't happening. As a
good friend told me last night, and words seemed to me to be coming
straight from God through her mouth: "Well then, the house you are to
move into next is not yet available!"
Something else also
happened yesterday as well. There has been escalating tension between my
neighbour and his neighbour on the other side. I have been feeling
frustrated because there doesn't seem to be anything I can do to help;
yet yesterday God opened a door. Could it be that God isn't quite ready
for us to move? Do we, perhaps, still have a role to play in our
No, the fact that our house is not yet sold
doesn't mean that God has somehow misplaced us and the house that He
told us to put on the market. Not at all. What it means is that God is,
indeed, busy at work in the background, preparing the way not
only for the best house to come available for us to buy, but also
perhaps using us in a small way to accomplish what we've been praying
for: Reconciliation between our neighbours.
It's sad that it
takes a broken air conditioning unit to help us appreciate the air
conditioning in Australia. It's even sadder that it takes the troubles
of life to make us realize that God is, indeed, not only in control, but
busily working, not only for our own personal good, but for the greater
good as well...
Anyone interested in a beautiful house in a
lovely country setting? I have one for sale...But if God isn't quite
finished with me here yet, then I happily submit to His will and wait
somewhat patiently for His will to be accomplished...
Oh, and perhaps, even during the good times, it might be a good idea to
notice "the hum of the air conditioner"...to see where God is at work
around us, and give Him thanks!
In His love,
Lynona Gordon Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two, Author --
"Aboard God's Train -- A
Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer", Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet
Scriptural Nuggets, a
website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, with
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