“I tried to ring your doorbell, but it didn’t seem to be working,” the neighbor commented when Marilee opened the door, letting the late afternoon sun light up the entry. The neighbor continued, “I brought you fresh squash and tomatoes. But the doorbell, I thought I saw the electrician’s van here a few days ago. Didn’t he fix that, too?”
“Nope. He couldn’t. He said he’d have to tear out the wall to find the trouble in this old house, and it was easier to have a back-up plan. The electrician gave me some ideas, but instead my back-up plan never fails.” Marilee explained, “Every afternoon when the sun shines on it, the doorbell stops working. An old house is worth it, even with its quirks. I knew you were at the door.”
“My little doggie in the window. See that table in front of the picture window? That’s Boots’ special place.”
The curly black dog wiggled and smiled for the neighbor and gave her owner a bark. It was time for Marilee to pay the dog in jerky treats.
“It’s a win-win situation. Cheaper for treats than the electrician tearing out a wall, better looking than a battery-operated add-on, louder than a bell, and Boots never fails to let me know someone’s at the door—even when the doorbell is working!”
Even more reliable than Boots as one who watches over our lives is God. Even when it seems that our life only seems to work part of the time, God is there 24-7.
Written by David, whose teen and young adult life was full of serious ups and downs, he pens these words that we can still count on today: “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes, with your right hand you save me. The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever.”
[Psalm 7-8 NIV]
Whether the trouble is as serious as life-threatening situations or as seemingly small as a non-working doorbell in the afternoons, God and his care are there for you always. His love and back-up plan are even better than having Boots on the lookout.
[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from Amazon.com and her speaking engagements. Jo lives in northeast Arizona and writes a popular humorous weekly blog on her website, http://www.button-to-god.com.]