the beep, beep, beep

Life seems to happen in fits and spurts. Today, literally, and some days, figuratively. I am listening to the alarm drive me up a wall as we repair/replace much of our house security system. The dog isn’t happy either, so I get a chorus of watchdog fury when the siren expels its beeping beep. I should let you know that each of those beeps is code for a not-so-nice word in my pounding head right now. I just got a call that the dryer repair guy is on his way too, so there goes my prospect of a peaceful afternoon with my book that just arrived from Amazon. I sit here, swimsuit (and coverup and capris) on, watching the two good hours of sunshine in our backyard evaporate before me. Yesterday was so productive. And today, I’ll do well to get a shower before Mike gets home.

Okay, I’m back. The dryer guy is here, and it’s the thermostat. Service charge, parts and labor are almost what a new dryer costs, but the thing is less than a year old, so I’ll take my chances and replace the thermostat. So goes another day of interruptions interspersed with unpredicted inconveniences. So is the norm really the unexpected? Could the interruptions and inconveniences possibly be predictable opportunities? Could they be God-designed messages to grow us in relationship with others, or at the very least, in patience? Spiritually, my life seems to be in much the same order. Fits and spurts of crises, failure, enlightenment, and calm. Truly, I welcome the opportunities. Not one of us would want the boring, level road of sameness and predictability. However, I am thankful for the one constant that prevails amid the ups and downs—He brings the peace that passes understanding to even the ordinary if somewhat inconvenient day.

None but Jesus (acoustic) – Hillsong

In the quiet, in the stillness
I know that You are God
In the secret of Your presence
I know there I am restored

When You call I won’t refuse
Each new day again I’ll choose

There is no one else for me
None but Jesus
Crucified to set me free
Now I live to bring Him praise

In the chaos, in confusion
I know You’re Sovereign still
In the moment of my weakness
You give me grace to do Your will

When You call I won’t delay
This my song through all my days

All my delight is in You Lord
All of my hope, all of my strength
All my delight is in You Lord Forevermore


8 thoughts on “the beep, beep, beep

    HEY alarms are a good thing…
    my son’s “girl” friend—her house and everything in it burned down this morning while they were vacationing in Hawaii…they lost everything…wonder if the alarm worked?

  2. Hi Annie – Sherry said it better than I would have. I am beginning (in my old age of 56), to relax, and open myself to whatever God is sending me in the way of a lesson or experience. Sometimes you just have to laugh – it drives away the frustration.
    And, I used to be soooooo frustrated when I had days like yours.

  3. I hope you are relaxing, basking in the sun, reading that book and having peace knowing you don’t have strangers in your house today! Keep an eye on that kitty! 🙂
    Love you,
    Angie xoxo

  4. Annie…I never finished one thing at work on Fri. because of interupptions. I finished projects I began after we closed. I don’t mind being busy, but I begin to get frustrated if I never finish anything! But…I was able to keep a smile on my face and continue to walk in love. Have a blessed weekend.

    Annette 2

  5. Annie:

    I too have experienced days with a plethora of interruptions that soon turn into frustration. I try to remember to just stop and deliberately place the day in God’s hands. Its amazing how He orchestrates my mess!

    I agree with what you said about interruptions being God-designed. We have a tendency to take off on the path and in the direction that we feel God has called us. Then when interruptions sidetrack us, we fail to realize that it’s God’s way of giving us encounters meant for ministering. I pray that God will open our eyes and help us to be more sensitive to His leading.

    Blessings friend,

  6. Annie,
    When I have days like this I start to wonder what is it Lod you want to do through me durning this time… When my mind is open to what he is doing, he opens the doors and windows for me to walk and lean throught, reach out to the lost or hurting… You are in my prayers…

  7. I wonder if God gets a laugh out of my prayers sometimes. “Help me to have a servants heart but please don’t make it too painful or inconvenient.”

    So, what was the new book?

    I hope your evening is smoother and more productive.

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