When I awoke this morning, I realized it was unusually cold in the house. In times past, it would have surprised me if I awoke on a January morning, and it wasn’t cool. After all, when a wood stove is your only source of heat, you learn to get used to cooler temperatures. This year, however, the Lord blessed us with a new furnace. Yes, we have heat! Heat that runs throughout the house. Heat that kicks on and off all by itself and doesn’t require me to haul in firewood or keep tabs on the wood stove. Blessed heat!
The thing is, this new system is like me—temperamental. During our big snowstorm a few weeks back, it quit working—no warning. It just kicked off at one point and never kicked back on. Fortunately, we had plenty of wood ready “just in case,” so we were able to keep warm until the snow melted enough for Jason to look at the furnace. After talking with the man who installed it, Jason followed a few instructions, did a manual reset, and we were back in business. A weird quirk, I admit, but nothing to lose sleep over.
But it seems the furnace has done the same thing this morning. When I realized how cool it felt, I checked the thermostat, and sure enough, it reads 63 degrees. That’s chilly for this rainy morning. But the furnace isn’t running, so it looks like Jason may have to reset it again, which is a cause for concern. How often is this going to happen? What do I do if it happens when Jason isn’t here? Or worse yet, what if the furnace is in one of its moods when we’re out on deputation and my mom is here caring for Barnabas? Good grief!
I’m so glad I never have to doubt God’s dependability. What a comfort to know He will never leave me nor forsake me. Never! Not in the good times or the bad. I never have to wonder if He will come through for me. I needn’t worry if He’s present or aware of my circumstances. I do not have to fear He will be “in a mood” where He decides He’s tired of bailing me out of trouble and leaves me to fend for myself. No, He’s always with me. I am never, ever alone even when I feel like it. And that promise, my friends, is even better than a perfectly working furnace.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, it looks like I may need to build a fire, but at least I have Somebody with me to bear my heavy load!