Because of this we decided to be proactive and try to generate as much of our own electricity as possible via solar power. Now this is no small task. Months of investigation, tons of questions, etc before we selected the route to take. And then when we were on the path to electrical freedom, we learnt that a lot of what we had been told was, shall we say, short in truth, so as to promote us spending more money to get what we were ultimately after.
Sigh.... after a month and a half, we have what we want, we can be free from our supplier should we choose, we have with our installers managed a lot of issues along the way but YAY, finally we are there!
The next day anything and everything tripped the power. First a power tool, then my hairdryer, then nothing, literally. So in desperation I again called our solar installers and begged them to sort this out!
It turns out the day before they had stumbled across a potential fire hazard in the form of melting wires touching. And in their quest to figure it out had further disturbed these wires and left that day letting us know that all should be well and they would be back in 3 days to sort it out. Nope, the next day, no power! And much frustration. I just wanted what we had paid for TO WORK ALREADY!!!!
The thing is though, them finding this bad wiring and messing with it, had brought to light a potential fire hazard that unseen might have ended up far worse than half a day without power. And with our electricity supply being an on and off thing this may have "sparked" (literally and figuratively) a fire. By being inconvenienced now, a future issue was revealed and dealt with.
My point is that sometimes things happen in our lives that may seem so unnecessary and seem so pointless and inconvenient. In the moment those incidents can really hurt and cause turmoil to yourself and those around you. But in looking back one can often see that you needed to overcome this thing in order to move forward. In order for a door to open, or close. I have been noticing lately that things happen and when you look at these things in the light of spiritual battles, and you see yourself or someone else overcome, you suddenly see them move forward in a direction that brings great joy, or further promotion. And if they don't overcome, they (or I) seem to keep going through the same stuff.
I think too, that the Lord allows stuff in our lives, short term or long term, that keeps us focused on Him or keeps us leaning on Him. Maybe because without the hardship we would feel or act like we don't need Him, and then we don't grow our relationship with Him?
Anyway my friends, my encouragement to you is to say to you that nothing you go through is for nothing. There is always a reason. God uses what is meant for your harm, for your good and He uses circumstances and hiccups to draw you closer to Him.
Be encouraged and keep pushing through daily. Enough is one day's issues for each day, and His mercies are new EVERY morning.
James 1 v 2-4: Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations. (3) Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience. (4) But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.
With each post I do this year I am going to end off with #wisdom. This will be where I try to understand the wisdom of what the Lord is teaching here.
#wisdom What is the Lord teaching me here about wisdom?
I think the Lord is teaching me that "stuff" is for the refining of me and who I am and who He wants me to be. Its about enduring and pushing through and being a more humble, peaceful, helpful and selfless person. Trials burn off the spiritual rubbish and hopefully leave something good behind. Something God can use to help win others.