Refrigeration – it’s something we take for granted in this country and don’t think about it very often. After all – it’s just – there. A cold drink or some ice cream is always there when we want it. I hadn’t given it much thought either – until the last year or two. My trusty fridge of 23 years started making funny noises. It got very loud and would make these funny “ticking” noises that would rattle the items inside.
I have to admit that I started thinking about refrigeration a lot at that point. I’m embarrassed to admit that on more than one occasion, when the noise and rattling would be happening too often, I would lay my hands on it and declare that just as the Israelites went through the desert 40 years and nothing wore out, that neither will my refrigerator! I figured that using that time line I had at least another 17 years left to go.
Later on, my prayer became – just let it last until I find a new one. This wasn’t easy as I did not want one with the ice maker in the door. I must be the only person in the world with that request because I found out that most manufacturers don’t make them without it. When this particular refrigerator went on sale over the Memorial Day weekend, I took the plunge and ordered it.
It just so happened that because I wasn’t expecting to do this at that time, my freezer was filled to the brim – and there was a heat wave. I soon found out that some of my neighbors were away, and others had no room in theirs for my food. Yet they were willing to shift things around to give me some space. God always works it out – even at the last minute, and some dear neighbors went above and beyond to store what I had – they even came and got the food for me and then brought it back when the new one was delivered! What kindness! My old refrigerator was still running as it went to refrigerator heaven or wherever they go.
It got me to thinking how so often we take things, people and even the Lord for granted. Just because they are always there. I do hope that I can show kindness to others in their times of need, just as my neighbors did for me. I hope that I remember to always thank God for what He’s done in my life and what He continues to do. I definitely was thanking Him for my neighbors that weekend! In all things – great and small – His hand is upon us. He is there for us at all times, even in the desert times when we can’t feel His Presence. What would we ever do without Him? Let’s always take time to remember His goodness.
In the end, I didn’t even need everyone’s freezer space that offered! Thank you to all my good friends and neighbors who came to the rescue and went the extra mile for me.