During our stay in Houston as we began to live in and use the Tsunami, we experienced a hot water problem – there wasn’t any! Now, the Tsunami has a super cool and spiffy instant hot water system, so we were looking forward to experiencing it. But it wasn’t working like it should.
So, we went to tell the boss lady, Marilyn and Al, the guy in charge of getting the Tsunami ready to go about this problem. They called a certified service tech to come out and take a look.
About an hour later, Rudy the certified service guy arrives and begins doing the appropriate testing and diagnostic work to figure out what is wrong. He can’t quite nail it and there are two steps that must be taken to eliminate possibilities and hopefully resolves the issue. These two steps involve the purchase of parts. Expensive parts. Parts that need to get replaced anyway but may not solve the problem.
Visualize, in a small office Robert and I, Marilyn and Al and the service guy, Rudy. As Rudy explains the situation and his analysis and as Marilyn and Al realize there are expenses involved and then possibly more expenses involved, a little tempest begins to brew. Rudy wants to sell the parts he has in his truck. Marilyn and Al know they need to get this fixed for us and yet they know that they are also spending other money on our Tsunami. Robert and I are thinking, “Hey, we should be able to buy the Tsunami with full working hot water” so we don’t really want to pay either. The room is full of talking and discussing and a few sparks begin to fly because this involves money! Robert and I are quiet as the other three keep going round and round. Finally, Robert and I look at each other with the look no longer requires words. The “look” means, “time to pray. Much prayer. Much power.”
So, with our eyes open and continuing to listen to the brewing conversation, we separately and silently begin to pray for God to move in this situation. I’m not sure Robert’s specific prayer, but God led me to pray in a particular way. My prayer went something like this, “Jesus, I don’t want us to pay. I think Marilyn and Al need to fix it, but I know they are already doing so much for us, so I don’t want them to get gouged. Jesus, I also want to go home tomorrow and not have to stay any longer trying to solve this. Rudy, help him to fix it if we can get him parts that aren’t a fortune. Lord, please move.”
Al and Rudy leave to go out to look at the hot water thing again. Marilyn gets online to find the parts while muttering, “I can find these parts cheaper. I’m not paying that much. I’m already putting so much into this motor home…blah, blah, blah…”.
Robert and I are silent. Not saying a word. Not really moving. Eyes wide open and praying.
In just a few minutes and a few clicks on her keyboard, Marilyn begins to say, “No way. Uh-uh. I’ve never seen this website before. I’ve never heard of this company. Look at that, this part is only $xxx instead of $yyyy.” She dials the phone, talks to them, confirms the $xxx price and it’s so much lower than the $yyyy price. She orders the part and then tells the company, “I don’t know where ya’ll have been or why I haven’t heard of you before today, but I’ll be using you a lot.”
Robert and I look at each other and laugh. God moved. Marilyn got the part inexpensively, Rudy will come out tomorrow morning and do his best to fix it. God has resolved today’s issue.
The part comes the next morning. Rudy comes out to fix it; it doesn’t fix it. Robert and I decide to go run a couple of errands while Rudy does more diagnostic work. We get in the borrowed car, give each other the “look” and we begin to pray, “Lord, we really want to go home. Please help Rudy to find and resolve the problem so we don’t have to stay. Please may no more parts need to be ordered and no more expenses incurred.”
We receive a call while we are out running errands and guess what? Rudy fixed the problem and the Tsunami is now ready for our first road trip!
Lesson: We are often in situations where there are problems, confrontations and even conondrums. We feel we are not in control. We have fear, doubt and stress. We want to protect ourselves. So, we try to get our way, even if it’s “fair”. We try to bring resolution, or get the situation turned in our favor or we sometimes even just decide to take the hit and walk away. The truth is that, we are using our human mind and human possibilities and we aren’t thinking of God. We are trusting in ourselves or trusting in others. But, we need to be trusting in and calling on God! God can do anything! God can make a way where there is NO way! As His child, I know He has promised to take care of me. So, I am learning to call on Him and trust in Him; He has never, ever let me down!!
So, who ya gonna call? Call on God – He can do anything. Who ya gonna trust? God because He is always working everything out for our good! Sometimes I forget and it takes me awhile to call on God. But, as I grow to know Him more, as I remember and record all He has done for me, I am able to more quickly, more often and more confidently call on my God for help!
Next week: I will introduce you to the concept of the J-Wave and how we are learning to ride it! Our motor home being a Tsunami is not a coincidence! Have a wonderful upcoming weekend!!
Hear me as I pray, O Lord.
Be merciful and answer me!
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.