Baby, it’s cold outside!
To that end – it’s cold INSIDE. At least at my house. Has been for the past two weeks – and worst of all today!
As it happens, we are without heat. We have been forced to bid a fond farewell to our oil furnace after a remarkable lifespan of fifty years!
It was big. It was noisy. It was working admirably until the fierceness of this winter just knocked the stuffings out of it – as much as it also filled our oil tank DOUBLE what we’ve ever used before! So much so that we began the long discussed process of shopping around for a contractor to do a gas conversion and bring our energy efficiency into the 21st century.
And, our energy bills into sensible – if not “cents-able” – range.
It seemed our furnace was listening in through the air ducts and the grate in the dining room two weeks ago when we discussed all the details of the job with our new contractor, and signed the papers making it a done deal.
Said furnace must have gotten pretty hot about that! Apparently, for the last time. By morning she blew her last and we were officially out of hot air.
Calling our contractor, he suggested we borrow some company space heaters til the job was done.
Enter our adventure in less than comfort zone temperatures – including two snow storms and below zero wind chills with a couple 60 degree days just to give us hope.
Hope – when Jack and Steve spent the better part of a week making all manner of noise in the basement dismantling the old and assembling the new.
Hope when the Gas Company Guy came and said the gas lines run to the house and stem hook-up next to our house was working perfectly.
Hope – deferred . . . when the Gas Company Guy who actually hooks up the meter to the stem so the contractor can come back and hook up the new furnace to the meter and restore life without three layers of clothes and electricity guzzling space heaters being the norm – YEAH – That Guy!
When THAT Guy is just NOT showing up.
Baby – it’s cold INSIDE!
Now, I’m not complaining – really. So MUCH to be thankful for. We HAVE electricity. We HAVE space heaters. We HAVE intermittent days when the thermometer reaches 50+. We have clothes and blankets and hot water. We have more than most of the population of the earth.
BUT – MORE than all that: We have a BROKEN furnace that FORCES us to make all things NEW!
PLUS a BONUS: We have the privilege of WAITING!
It is a privilege, you know. For in the waiting there is HOPE. That new furnace is nice and shiny downstairs in the basement and is going to save us lots of money going forward. It won’t take long to hook it up once the meter is installed.
But – waiting on the missing link between where you are now and where you hope to be can try one’s patience. It can weary the soul.
WAITING . . . PATIENCE . . .
These are character qualities that flow to and through us from God’s equipping hands. They are GIFTS He so desires to impart to us . . . when we WAIT on Him. In HOPE.
See – all waiting is waiting on God – when you know God. When you are convinced of His goodness and purposes in your life to move your forward into better. Into His best.
After the brokenness.
Like that new 21st century energy efficient gas furnace in the basement that now sits in the place of a broken heap of scrap metal. It is better. It is best.
And – though that missing piece causes us to continue to wait, we have HOPE. That new furnace down there isn’t designed to just sit there taking up less space and shining bright. It is there to do a job. Better than that which was before. It is the visible down payment of the full pay-off when we will flip the switch and hot air will once again be forced through those heating ducts into every inch of our home – swiftly and efficiently. Not just the three spots in the house where we have the limited scope of “just getting by” space heaters.
Just like the Rose of Sharon in my backyard – we are waiting for spring to kick into full swing. The missing piece?
Due Season. Balm for the weary soul.
In due season He makes all things new. Due Seasons come to those who WAIT. In HOPE . . . expecting.
In due season, the gas company will get their paperwork in gear, all their jots and tittles in place for creating a “new account” so our names can be put on the schedule, that – in due season – it will show up on the Gas Company Guy’s list of homes to service on a particular day with a new gas meter hook-up.
He’ll do his job – in due season.
Meantime . . . I’ll do mine.
I’ll . . . wait. In hope. Dreaming of warmer days and my blossoming Rose of Sharon to come . . .
Sharing Waiting in Hope this week on my new monthly LINK-UP at ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL – come join the joy there and link you favorite posts from this past month to illustrate the verses of this beloved hymn:
Also linking with these other rest stops in Blogland for Christ-centered Devotions and Inspiration:
Judith at Wholehearted Wednesday
Jennifer Dukes Lee at Tell His Story Link-up
Jenifer at Woman to Woman Word Filled Wednesdays
Thought Provoking Thursday at 3D Life Lessons
Laura on Faith Filled Friday at Missional Women
Fellowship Fridays at Christian Mommy Blogger
Still Saturday with Sandra Heska King
Charlotte at Spiritual Sundays