Sometimes things in life just conspire against you. Against your best intentions, things don’t turn out as they should…
This past week, I finally decided to do something about the lock on our front door, which kept sticking with the dramatic swings in temperatures. Our lock had gotten so bad that my wife and I couldn’t even stick our keys in the lock, without jamming them in.
I purchased two new locks from Canadian Tire, since I also wanted to replace our garage door lock as it was also stiff. I ended up only tackling the front door, and it turned out that new locks don’t fit all old doors. And our doors aren’t that old – they are only from 1997.
Needless to say, I had to enlarge the cavity of our front door, and I decided to not even tackle the garage door for the time being. I was thankful for the drill I had, as well as our neighbour who leant me some of his tools. When I finally got the knew lock in the door, the bolt wouldn’t fit in properly with the lock itself. How annoying! I didn’t have the correct tool to make the bolt go in farther, so I mixed the old bolt with the new lock, and even this didn’t end up working well. Thank goodness for locksmiths! We had to call one – and they did an excellent job, I might add.
In the midst of all of this, I had the “check engine” light on in our car, which I needed to get resolved. It turned out that our warranty was still valid, a welcome relief indeed. But it seemed to happen that annoyances happened in two’s and three’s. Certainly these were first world problems… Although, it pays to have $1,000 (or $500 if your income is under $20,000 per year) saved up in an emergency fund, as Dave Ramsey mentions in his book Dave Ramsey’s Complete Guide to Money, in order to be prepared with some cash on hand when you need it. Of course if you rent, you don’t have to deal with repairs to your living quarters.
My point in writing all of this is that when everything goes wrong and things start to “hit the fan,” we can turn to something that is rock solid: our faith. We can turn to the numerous examples of faith found in the Bible, and look to passages like Hebrews 11 that lists different people like Abraham, Rahab the prostitute and Joshua, who persevered in the face of often overwhelming odds.
Perseverance is key (pardon the pun) because good things in life take time to establish. Starting a business. Paying down a home. Raising a family. Saving money. Investing wisely. As the expression goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”
When we turn to God in Jesus right in the midst of our trials, our prayers aren’t simply putting information into “the cloud” – either real or the term referencing computer data storage. When we seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness, everything else will take its place in light of that reality (Matt. 6:33).