The past few months has been just that for me. Well, a lot of things have broken.
No, this isn't a "woe is me" post.
My car has had several issues the past few months. I'm currently without a vehicle.
The refrigerator isn't keeping a cool temperature and food is spoiling if not consumed right away.
My daughter broke her window a few weeks ago.
The vacuum was spraying dust and dirt everywhere.
Several faucets have been dripping. One, almost a constant stream now. The other had to be entirely shut off.
The carpet cleaner just pours water everywhere.
The dryer takes two cycles to dry clothes.
The basement toilet was leaking water everywhere.
At a moment when something goes wrong... that entire list from above hits me. I get frustrated and honestly I get a little angry. Why does everything seem to be falling apart!
A few seconds pass and I remember how truly blessed I am. Nothing from the above list is a tragedy. It can all be fixed in due time.
I have my health. My family is healthy. We have a roof, food and clothing. Not a minimal amount of food. More clothes than we need. A house where each of us can have our own space and the kids are making wonderful memories.
I'm even blessed in the list of broken things above.
::My car has had several issues the past few months. I'm currently without a vehicle.
This has been a wonderful car. I purchased a used vehicle that was made well and taken care of. Only recently have a handful of things needed to be repaired. I would say that's a blessing for a vehicle that is 16 years old and with almost a quarter of a million miles.
::The refrigerator isn't keeping a cool temperature and food is spoiling if not consumed right away.
When we purchased our home, we didn't have the added expense of buying new appliances. This refrigerator came with the home. If we now need to get a new one and it is giving us some warning before it goes out completely... I appreciate that!
::My daughter broke her window a few weeks ago.
Her window is only cracked. It isn't dangerous. It's only "not pretty". Wind and rain are still being kept out. This is fine for now. I'm grateful that she didn't shatter the window and injure herself.
::The vacuum was spraying dust and dirt everywhere.
When I complained about the vacuum, my husband reminded me that it was a well made vacuum with great reviews. I looked up some information. I took the vacuum apart. I cleaned it thoroughly. Works like new!
::Several faucets have been dripping. One, almost a constant stream now. The other had to be entirely shut off.
This isn't detrimental. The faucet that needed to be shut off is outside. No big deal. The kitchen faucet will be fixed shortly and we've been given a water filter to add to it once it is repaired!
::The carpet cleaner just pours water everywhere.
I can simply not use it right now. My carpets aren't disgusting... but I could always rent one if it became a necessity.
::The dryer takes two cycles to dry clothes.
I may need to clean the air vent leading to the outside. It is most likely an issue as simple as that.
::The basement toilet was leaking water everywhere.
We were able to shut the water off to that bathroom while my husband repaired the issue with the pipes leading to the toilet. Problem is now solved and it isn't like that was our only bathroom.
Though we can't always understand the mountains and issues in the lives of others - it is likely that most of us aren't really dealing with anything devastating. It could happen at any moment. But as for now, enjoy the small problems before they turn into the problems we wish we had.
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
1 Thessalonians 5:18