Our fridge broke. Again. Today. The last time it broke was exactly two weeks ago, when we had to have a broken thermostat replaced. Today, it ended up being yet another temperature-regulating part that needs to be replaced … and it will take a few days for the repairman to get it in-stock. So in the midst of an already very-busy week, getting ready for a 10-day trip, I found myself having to unload the entire freezer and refrigerator. No, it really wasn’t what I had on my to-do list for the week, but the Bible says that, “A man plans his ways, but the Lord directs his steps.”
As I was working to unload the food, tromping through the pouring rain to our deep-freeze in the garage, I realized that I had a very real choice: I could either grumble and complain (a choice which would most definitely displease God, and also serve to make my day miserable), or I could choose to obey the Bible and REJOICE in all things. I desire always to be obedient to and pleasing to the Lord, but I felt like being discontent. Yet, by yielding to the Spirit of God, I chose to rejoice. And as I did so, another verse came to mind, “All things work together for good to those who love God.” I believe the Word of God is true. Always. So, as I do love God–and was at that moment showing my love for Him through obedience and choosing to rejoice–I started looking for how a broken fridge could be working for my good. And it was at that moment that the Lord started to open my eyes to some Hidden Blessings!
The first hidden blessing I saw was, of all things, the very rain through which I was tromping, and of which I had noticed several people complaining about. Not only was that lovely spring rain watering and preparing the ground for planting, but it was also keeping the weather cooler–a real blessing for me, because my little overflow fridges were not quite big enough to hold all the things from our main fridge. Whenever the weather is cool outside, my uninsulated basement pantry turns into a walk-in fridge. Thank you, Lord, for the rain and cool weather!
The second hidden blessing was in the actual unloading of the fridge and freezer contents themselves. I really try to keep a good handle on what is in there, but I still found several (nice) surprises, that are actually making meal prep just a bit easier this week.
The third hidden blessing was some very precious teaching opportunities with our almost-3-year-old, Judah. You can read the Bible to children, you can teach them Bible memory, and you can tell them the right things to do, but I have found that the very best, and most penetrating teaching moments come when they can actually watch you obeying the Bible in the middle of a difficult situation. It is one thing to tell our children that “We should always be cheerful”, it is another thing when they see us being cheerful, even when things aren’t going the way we planned.
Lord, open my eyes to an even greater degree to see the “Hidden Blessings”!