Things Don’t Always Work

It seems that every day something else isn’t working: the electricity goes out about once a day, and there have been some water ‘issues,’ too. And now the Internet is acting up. And then the bathroom sink fell off the wall. And so on.

I don’t enjoy any of that. I’m an impatient person and I like things to work WELL and ALWAYS.

But this is a good lesson: not just to be grateful for the USA where things always (usually) work (if you have the money to make sure they work) but to realize that life can go on and I can be okay even when things are not exactly to my liking.

I’m not exactly going all Corrie Ten Boom/Ann Voskamp and giving thanks for darkness, the occasional lack of water, and (horrors!) slow internet connections, but I am realizing that if I hang my happiness on these things, I’ll end up disappointed more often than not. And I’d rather not have my happiness depend on the undependable.

(Even though a lot of times, it still does, alas.)

4 thoughts on “Things Don’t Always Work

  1. “I’m not exactly going all Corrie Ten Boom/Ann Voskamp and giving thanks for darkness, the occasional lack of water, and (horrors!) slow internet connections” …I’m not so much familiar with Voskamp as Ten Boom, but I think I get it–and SO identify. I really…REALLY…like my US creature comforts. But what a great phrase: “I’d rather not have my happiness depend on the undependable.” So important, even for us living in so much comfort. Blessings to you & yours, Rachel, in the place where you’re at!

  2. Reminds me of my first encounter with the infamous “Guatemalan suicide shower.” I couldn’t believe that such a scary looking contraption was safe and legal– and this was in a middle class house!

    After working up the courage to actually use the ghastly thing, I then tried to beat the morning rush and shower extra early the next day. What I didn’t yet know, however, is that the electricity was turned off every night, along with the water.

    Definitely a “Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore” moment…

  3. As missionaries in Jamaica, we can relate, Things are so much like that here as well. If we spend our time upset and worrything about the things that don’t work, we will wear ourselves out. I think that Satan would love us to lose our focus because of these things. Instead we need to keep our eyes on Jesus and concentrate on our blessings. (a neighbor who ran an extension to our house for 3 months so we could have lights when we were finishing the house…later we found out he had had to shut off his pump and carry water by hand to do that)

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