Last night my daughter took a shower and accidentally left the water running in the shower. It was at least an hour before she returned to her room and noticed that the drain to the tub was plugged and the water from the running shower had created flood like conditions on her bathroom floor.
She came upstairs all hysterical, she was sobbing, apologizing and fearing my wrath. I immediately let her know that I was not upset and went to assess the damage.
The truth is I was not upset, I was tired it was nearly 10:00 p.m., I had been up since 4:30 a.m. and I was just finishing up what I thought was my last chore for the evening.
When I got downstairs, it was clear that I was not going to bed any time soon. `Her bathroom floor would have made a nice poolside resort for a family of hamsters. Water was everywhere, deep puddles had gathered in the spaces where the floor was uneven. In situations like this, I’ve learned that it’s always best to focus on the positives. So I thanked God that my daughter’s bathroom was in the basement. Next, I thought, at least the floor will already be mopped, one less chore I have to do tomorrow.
We got to work. We used all the rags, and towels in the house. When those ran out, we started grabbing sheets. As we were sopping up the water I kept thinking, there’s got to be a better way to do this. A wet/dry vac would have been my best friend at the moment but we didn’t have one. It was too late to call my neighbors and ask around so I went to the garage and grabbed the mop* and we continued soaking and wringing, soaking and wringing. We finally finished around 11:30 p.m., my girls and I spend an hour and a half on our hands and knees. I felt like Cinderella, the only difference was that I was actually looking forward to midnight.
Everyone went to sleep and all was well.
My husband is still out of town, this morning he called and I told him what happened the night before. He asked, ” Why didn’t use just use the Carpet Shampooer we have to extract all the water?” Oh. My. Gosh. Why didn’t I think of that? That would have saved so much time and backache!!!
You see that little * above next to “grabbed the mop” ? Well the Carpet Shampooer was right next to the mop. Literally. I unknowingly reached for the harder solution when I went to the garage.
God speaks to everyone differently, for some He uses burning bushes, lol. But for me more often than not, He uses my everyday occurrences.
I was a little bothered by the fact that I spent so much time getting the water up, when there was a simpler solution Then something stood out in the conversation that I had with my husband. He said you never use the shampooer, so that’s probably why you didn’t think about it. It’s true I never use the shampooer my husband does and the truth be told if he was here, I probably wouldn’t have been getting all the water up either. 🙂
God ministered to me. He said the same is true in life. He has given us access to all the tools that we need to deal with the “mini-crises”, and various trials that occur in our lives. However, if we are not familiar with the tools that he gives us…things will be a lot harder than they need to be. So many times the answers to our problems are right within our grasp.
Be encouraged today, spend time familiarizing yourself with all the wonderful “tools” God has blessed us with to live this life. His Word contains so many solutions from healing, to finding joy and peace, to restoring relationships…you name it it’s in there. The world may offer solutions and they may get the job done, but God’s way is far superior.
Reach for the right tool. Why settle for a mop and towels, when you can suck it all up with a Shampooer?
Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 2 Peter 1:2-4