Date: January 13, 2014
It was opening night for a stage production of the musical Oliver!. The cast had one hundred and five performers. Three performers were adults. That day, one adult finished work by noon. He intended to spend the rainy afternoon practicing his lines, some of which he kept forgetting. He had just begun when he heard the cellar sump pump shut off.
Pulling on his overalls, garden boots, a raincoat and a pair of gloves, he ventured out and under to investigate. The cellar was flooded and the water was rising. The sump pump was broken. The water heater was threatened. For three muddy and wet hours, including trips to the hardware store, he worked to connect the expensive new sump pump to the old sump pump's plumbing.
An essential replacement piece of pipe was a PVC back-flow preventer. The back-flow preventer worked perfectly before it was glued in place. It did not work after it was glued in place. It worked again after it was cut from the plastic pipe. Another new back-flow preventer was purchased, connected and left unglued.
At last, the cellar was pumped empty. The water heater was not working. Opening night loomed. He took a cold shower. He did not practice his lines, and yet he remembered them on stage. Phew!
Have you ever had one of those days when you felt unglued by constant misdirection?
Let’s Pray: Dear God, when we’re ankle deep in it, with mounting pressure and we’re about to become unglued, just make sure it works out okay. Okay? Amen.
Here's a Thought: We make plans, God changes them.