We've had problems with our home plumbing the last few days. Last Saturday and plumber came and got it working great. Yesterday morning it quit working -- probably the septic tank needs cleaning out. This came as a surprise because it wasn't that long ago when we had this service done.
Did I mention that our area is in the middle of a snowstorm right now and we are definitely snowed in?
We are snowed in with no toilet. My five children who live on this earth are home with me. I've never been so happy that one of them has to wear diapers!
I was mad about all this yesterday. Didn't seem FAIR. What with all we've been dealing with and then our plumbing goes out. God got an earful from me yesterday while I walked up the driveway to check out the snowfall accumulation. I was having an official pity party!
God didn't attend.
Once I got over myself the day went better. At the end of the day I wanted a beer (though I don't drink beer and don't even like the taste of it).
My husband brought me a pop instead. And I ate several peanut butter sandwich cookies.
We worked out a makeshift toilet to use until we can get someone here to fix the problem (what with the storm and the snow it might be a few days). And it isn't that bad -- a bucket, a toilet seat, newspaper and cat litter (And I've been rethinking the whole way we use toilets. Do we realize how much water we waste?).
Why is it that little things sometimes can affect us a whole lot more than tragedies?
I threw a tantrum over losing my toilet but I didn't throw a tantrum over losing my daughter.
"always seek after that which is good for one another and for all men" 1 Thessalonians 5:15b
Maybe it has something to do with what we can and can't control. Maybe it has something to do with what really matters and what really doesn't. Maybe sometimes we let God deal with the big things of life (like death) but we don't let Him in on the little day-to-day details of life because we think we can handle those just fine without Him.
How silly we are -- well, how silly I am.
I can't even handle a non-functioning toilet without Him.
I'm going to quit trying and give it all to Him.