Dave, the electrician, packed up his tools for the umpteenth time, he looked up at the now-working outside light on the aging house of his customer, Jolene.
Though HGTV makeovers lift vintage homes to the height of drama and romance, Jolene felt no such drama as she paid him yet again. His visits were nearly as regular as the utility bills.
“I guess that will do it for today. Until next time.” He smiled.
For in its heyday, the house had no electrical outlet in the bathroom for hair and bare essentials; no outdoor outlets at all, some need for new wiring in the walls, plus adding outlets where there had been none.
“So what else do we need to do to bring it up to code?”
“Bring in a bulldozer?” he suggested.
They both laughed.
Sometimes our bodies feel like the vintage home whose power needs to be brought up to code on a fairly regular basis.
We’ll never been twenty again. Nor will Jolene’s house. But like Jolene’s vintage home, God made us with good bones, beautiful lines, a history worth sharing, and character.
We are always a work in progress, even to our last breath. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.” The second part is the condition: “for those who have been called according to his purpose.” [Romans 8:28] Loving God and following him gives us much power, light, and strength. Others learn from the persistence they see in us. Trusting him and looking to him for answers is a great model for others. Praying and studying the Bible is better than a master electrician. His work in us brings our power source up to code.
Keep up the good work!
Best of all, the ultimate repairman, God, gives you a lifetime of upgrades without cost. No power problem is impossible. None needs to be fixed with a bulldozer.
[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, her speaking engagements and