We have a new refrigerator. It is a stainless steel wonder. There are two ice makers! No really! What a remarkable invention it is. Well, it was! Recently we noticed that although the temperature reading on the front of it said that the freezer was at 0 degrees it wasn’t keeping things frozen and needless to say the ice making was slowing down.
I am so used to going to the fridge and getting a nice cold glass of ice water with my choice of crushed or cubed ice. Now my choice is tap water or semi cold water, 3rd world issues! Slowly the temperature of the entire refrigerator has started to increase. I am so grateful that we have an additional refrigerator in the garage!
Thinking back over the last 2 months there have been some warning signs. Some days there was an abundance of ice and on others it seemed to have slowed down. Some food also appeared to go bad faster. Warning signs! I just hadn’t thought about them being related to the fridge working correctly, after all it was my new shiny appliance!
Today the repairman is here. He is trying all kinds of things to fix it. He keeps asking me if we had other troubles with the refrigerator. Honestly until recently I did not notice any warning signs that would have caused the breakdown.
I am trusting that Eddie will be able to fix or replace it! 🙂 He explained to me that sometimes the hoses can get clogged and that they need to be flushed out!
We have warning signs that we are headed for a malfunction too.
- deep sadness
- over busy
Better a poor but wise youth than an old but foolish king who no longer knows how to heed a warning. Ecclesiastes 4:13
Do any on the above list stand out to you as a warning sign? They do to me!!
I have found a direct correlation to how much time I spend reading my bible and praying to how anxious, irritable, sad and withdrawn I feel. When I ignore these warning signs I drift farther and farther away from my relationship with God.
I am so grateful that Jesus meets us where-ever we find ourselves and offers to take our burdens.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. I Peter 5:7
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
I am not saying that everything will be changed after spending time with the Lord. Sometimes we may need to speak with a professional and or require some medication to help us! I am a big supporter of both of these!
However, I do know that if we don’t flush out our system by infusing it with some Jesus time we will have more trouble!
When was the last time that you
- read the bible and asked God, “What do you want me to learn?”
- sat in the quiet and had a conversation with Jesus?
- prayed to thank God for who He is?
- wrote him a love note?
Maybe there is something clogging the flow of the Holy Spirit in your life! It might be time for you to flush out those hoses! 🙂