Well, it’s Monday, a day I’ve been dreading since this past Saturday. I say that because Saturday was the day I found out that Monday would most likely be the day when the repairman would come to fix our home’s central air conditioning unit. The unit hasn’t been working since last Wednesday.
The dread came from the fact that the unit itself is old and has been, shall we say, “dicey” for several years now. We’ve had to replace various parts on it here and there along the way. The last go-round we had to put a whole new motor on it. That explains why when it stopped working last week, my first thought was, “Uh, oh, will this be the year we have to bite the bullet and pay the big money to replace the entire system?”
As always with these matters, prayers were prayed. “Lord, we don’t have the money to replace the entire system right now.” “Lord, if it be your will, please allow the fix to be a relatively inexpensive one.” “Lord, you know all about our needs and our finances, so it’s all in your hands.” “Lord, help us.”
While our prayers were as sincere as they could be, sincerity isn’t enough to make something God’s will. What I mean is, God could easily have answered our prayers by saying, “No, not this time. You’all (you know that God talks with a southern drawl, don’t you?) have put off replacing that system long enough. But don’t worry, I’ll make a way for you to pay for it.” And if that had been in His answer, it’s not like Tonya and I would have had any move to make other than to say, “Okay, Lord, we trust you.”
However, in God’s divine plan and providence, this year happened to be another glancing blow in regards to the fix. The problem was a corroded connection that was keeping the motor’s unit from engaging. In other words, it was no big deal. Also, as long as the guy was here, I had him charge up the coolant level and give the entire unit a good cleaning. Now the thing is humming along just fine, cranking out the cool air it should.
As I think about the events of today, allow me to pull two spiritual applications from them. Application #1: Just as air-conditioning units need regular maintenance in order to run efficiently, so do our spiritual lives. Obviously, having a daily devotional time with the Lord helps with that. So does Bible study, church attendance, reading Christian books, ministering to others, and systematic giving. Any Christian who cuts himself or herself off from these things will eventually find that their spiritual unit has shut itself down.
And then application #2 is this: Even though today wasn’t the “big one” in regards to replacing our air-conditioning unit, the fact is that it could have been. Such is life. This speaks to the uncertainty and the unpredictability of making it in this world. We just never know what any day will hold, and we really don’t have a lot of say-so about it. Yes, something great might be just around the corner. Then again, something awful might be about to knock the wind out of our sails. Welcome to living in a fallen world as a card-carrying member of Adam’s fallen race.
Still, the thing that we Christians mustn’t lose sight of is the fact that we have a Savior who promises to never leave us nor forsake us. A cancer diagnosis? He’s right there with us. A devastating accident? He’s right there with us. The death of a loved one? He’s right there with us. A wayward child? He’s right there with us. A lost job? He’s right there with us. A bill that we don’t have the money to pay? He’s right there with us.
The upshot of all this is that no Christian has to face life, with all its trials and troubles, alone. That goes for worrisome days when the air-conditioning repairman is coming as well as days when there isn’t a problem in sight. Jesus is always Jesus, and He is always right there. Take heart in this, Christian, and live in the hope that you never walk alone. The Creator of the Universe (Colossians 1:15-18) holds your hand, shepherds you (Psalm 23; John 10:1-18), and says, “Cast all your cares upon Me, because I truly do care for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7).