FAIL: Less than one month after buying a house, our hot water pipes burst a leak in the slab.
24 hours later, we’re staring into the abyss of totally re-plumbing our house. Words you never want to hear came rolling off the tongue of our plumber: “I’m sorry. I’m so sorry. I hate to tell you this, but I recommend you completely re-plumb the house.”
It would be easy to blame this on the devil, Satan, or the forces of evil. There is a popular thought that suggests the deeper your faith grows the more you can count on bad things happening to you. If I am to take this route, then I will be focusing on the supposed negative forces that are trying to knock me down and steal my faith.
I’m not ready to turn my focus in that direction.
Instead, I want to focus my attention on a couple other things I’m learning from this experience:
- Our decisions can bring on disaster. Brooklyn and I decided to buy a house. We decided to buy an older house, built in 1959. We did what we are supposed to do to inspect the home for possible problems. We didn’t make a bad decision to buy the house. But it is still a decision. A decision to buy an “old” house. Had we bought a new house, chances are we wouldn’t be facing the same issue. Point is, sometimes we’re quick to blame God or the devil. I wonder, though, how many times our blame is misplaced? Before we blame the spiritual powers, maybe we need to take a closer look at ourselves.
- Love is a miracle. Brooklyn and I realize the results of buying an old house can be making repairs. It’s tough, but true. But, we’re ready to claim responsibility. Then friends step in to offer help. They come over to find the leak on a Friday evening, after work. They drop-off a tool that I don’t have, but need. They climb ladders. They fix other problems on the house. They recommend professionals we can trust. In many ways, our friends have absorbed some of the pain of a major house FAIL. And they do it because they love us. I don’t know why they love us like they do. I can’t explain why they sacrifice what they do for us. We don’t deserve it. They don’t owe us. They’ve decided to love us. Through their love, miracles happen.
Have you had any major FAILS in 2013? In your life? What have you learned about yourself? How have others “loved” you through this experience?