|Even nice refrigerators don’t last.|
I knew it was time to ditch the thing. I just hated the thought of spending that much money on a new one.
One of the reasons we liked our house upon visiting it the first time 11 years ago was the gourmet kitchen with a gas cook top, double ovens and a warming drawer, and a built-in refrigerator.
Two years ago we forked out some cold cash in repairing the refrigerator. By the way, there aren’t a lot of repairmen in our community who will work on built-ins. Because of that, I could see the prices for repairing escalating almost as quickly as the temperature on the inside was doing the same.
A refrigerator’s meant to keep things cold and the freezer is designed to keep things frozen. Yet, our icebox was more akin to the warming drawer. Eew.
After some studying on the issue and recognizing the reality of the space allotted for a new one, we went back to the style and make of the one we had in place. The space was made for one of equal proportions and style because of the island that limits the door swing.
When we bought the house we assumed the appliance would last a much longer than it did. After all, our basic refrigerator we purchased when we married 26 years ago is still chilling, just out in the garage now. When the repair two years ago was done, I assumed that longer life would linger for years. Wrong.
The frigid truth is that things don’t last. People don’t last. Trends and styles don’t either.
I’m studying Revelation for the next two years with some ladies who gather each week to discuss what we’re learning.
One in the group just celebrated her 85th birthday. Revelation was the first book she studied inductively. As she introduced herself to the others in the group, she said, “I wonder if it will be the last one I study. After all, I’m 85.”
A couple of the twenty-somethings were in awe as “B” reminded us all of the importance of studying the Word no matter our season.
There is something that does last that I can invest my time and energy in while I have breath, like my friend “B”. We don’t waste time when we spend it becoming more familiar with the Bible and the God of the Bible. For contained within it are the truths of who He is and what He does.
[Stand…as in maintain, endure. God’s word = the things He has said that we see in the Bible.]
It doesn’t need correcting.
It doesn’t need to be repaired.
It doesn’t go out of style.
It’s not part of a trend that will fade.
It doesn’t need replacing.
It does what it’s supposed to do.
And again, it lasts.
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12 (ESV)
The things God can do in a life through the power of His word don’t need to be kept on ice in order to last.
So long refrigerator that no longer does what it was created to do. You’ve served us well and you gave me a blog post to remind us of the eternally long-lasting power of the word of God that I will never have to replace.
I think I’ll go chill on my back porch and spend some time with God enjoying His word that is forever fresh.
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