On refrigerators and faith

We just bought a refrigerator online. Yesterday I found the one I liked for our new home. It will be delivered on the 3rd of January, the day after we move to the house in San Diego. I’m super excited as I have not owned a refrigerator since we sold the only house we’ve ever owned  back in 1997! Now, I didn’t pick that fridge; it came with the house. And It was fairly run of the mill for its time. But this fridge I bought yesterday, this fridge I picked out special and I love it! Since it’s expensive and brand new I decided we should purchase the warranty that lasts for 3 years. Sean agreed. If anything goes wrong, the company will fix it for free or replace it if things can’t be repaired. It adds like 6 bucks per year to the cost so why not?

Today I received, though I was not expecting it at all, the warranty for the new fridge in an email. I was happy to have it and will save it for sure, in case anything ever goes wrong. But the main thing I was reminded of when I opened up that email was the fact that I was walking totally by faith when I paid for a new refrigerator that I’ve never actually seen to be delivered to a house that I haven’t seen in weeks, but that we will be moving into and have been paying rent on for 2 months. Additionally, I paid extra for a 3 year warranty for this theoretical refrigerator for possible future problems!

The warranty email congratulating me on my new appliance and explaining what it covered for the next few years reminded me that I am just a cog in the machine of life, a leaf on the surface of the stream, a speck of dust on dandelion. I rely an awful lot on others who know what they’re doing to come through as promised. A lot. I think we all do. Not just on delivery of items we purchase on line that we’ve never seen in real life before, but in a thousand different ways each week we sort of expect certain things to occur even if we can’t explain how they happen. Like the ability to surf the net on your cell phone, or texting or taking photos with your phone. Even turning on a light either with a switch by the door or turning a little handle on a lamp. We could probably explain these latter things in simple terms, but not with any real depth of how the currents get there or where they are until we turn the lights on. I mean, really, can you? But we expect the lights to shine when we turn them on. I rely on others so I can casually purchase a large kitchen appliance with a credit card on line and include a warranty for potential unforeseen issues. That takes a lot of faith. On a different and much deeper level, I believe that God is watching out for us. No matter when I call on Him, He’s there. And He’s there even when I don’t call or don’t think of Him. No matter how anxious or ridiculous I get, I know that God is with us, with me. And, just as I have faith that a new appliance will soon be delivered to me in California, all the way across the entire country from where we are right now, I have faith that God is taking care of us and that He loves us. I have faith that He loved each of us into being, that He will always love each of us as if there were only one of us. I believe His promises.

God will never leave me or forsake me. He is constantly watching me in love, a love I did not and could not earn. Just as I will wait patiently for the refrigerator, so I will patiently and gratefully await His return. And while I wait, I will love everyone I meet, I will rejoice in times of joy and great pain that Jesus loves me and I know He’s rejoicing with me and then weeping, too, during trying times, until He comes again.

Just like the internet brings me a refrigerator, so God gives me faith, hope, and love. I believe His promises to always love us, always be with us, and always expect us to share the Good News of His redeeming love!

I can do that, with God’s help and with His grace.

 

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