Living in our home with 5 females there are certain necessities that I, as the sole man of the house, must always attend to.

1 – Fully functional bathrooms
2 – A well stocked cabinet of “tissue” paper
3 – Working beauty appliances – hair dryers, curling irons, etc.
4 – Constant, long lasting, hot water

About a week ago, something terrible happened to #4. It was some time well after dark when my oldest yelled from her bathroom – “Dad, we have no hot water!!!!!” I thought, how could that be? Just a year ago I replaced our brand new 40 gallon hot water heater with the Scolder 5000 – the biggest and baddest 80 gallon water heater on the market. Out of hot water??? So after 5 minutes of unsuccessfully rummaging through drawers to find batteries that would fire up my flashlight, I headed outside to take a look at the breaker box. We had lost power on that side of the house and couldn’t see anything. In hind sight, I should have put on steel toe boots, because in the darkness I managed to kick everything that would cause me the most pain. After 10 minutes of stumbling in the dark (and two bruised shins and two stubbed toes) I reached the breaker and switched it back on.

Jesus gives us a warning in John 11 – After the two days, he said to his disciples, “Let’s go back to Judea.” They said, “Rabbi, you can’t do that. The Jews are out to kill you, and you’re going back?” Jesus replied, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in daylight doesn’t stumble because there’s plenty of light from the sun. Walking at night, he might very well stumble because he can’t see where he’s going.”

The Jews divided every day into twelve hours. Consider our life as a day; our day is divided into ages, states, and opportunities, as God has appointed. The consideration of this should make us not only very busy, as to the work of life (if there were twelve hours in the day, each of them ought to be filled up with doing His will for our lives, and none of them wasted away), but this fact should give us peace as we face the perils of life. Our day shall be lengthened out until our work is done, and our testimony is finished. Worrying about “life” can not add a single day to our journey. He alone is our light source, and we should never fear the darkness.

To finish the story, the breaker continued to flip off for the next few days and I had to admit my macho limitations and call in an electrician. We now have ample hot water, my flashlight is loaded with fresh batteries, and my princesses are happy again.

Thank you Lord for you ALONE are the light unto our feet.


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