We are living without power right now. I ordered power back in April, requesting that it be in service by June 15 in preparation for us selling our house and moving to our farm land. Buthe it is now the end of July and we still have no power. We are living off of generator power during the hottest July that I can remember.
So I’m used to the challenge of repeatedly refilling, restarting, and flipping tripped breakers that comes with an imperfect daily life of making due with weeks of living with this challenge. I’ve also made enough peaceful noise with Duke Energy so that hopefully they know me by name even though we still sit day after day with no power. I’m also very aware of the insanely high cost of running off of gasoline or propane and how quickly we are burning through our savings that were meant to help build the house. I’ve made my peace with those things and I’m trusting the Lord even in the storm.
But this morning when I started the generator on propane, it ran for about a minute and then it shut off. The big tank was low after a full weekend running without a refill since Friday, but it wasn’t empty. “Hmm, that’s interesting.”, I thought. But I filled the generator with gasoline, switched it over to gas powered, and fired it up, then headed back inside.
Before my wife even had time to ask me, we heard the generator stop again. The concerned look on her face said it all, and I tried my best to show confidence as I headed outside to troubleshoot . “Lord, help us this morning”, I prayed, because if the generator is having problems, I knew that we are in real trouble since Duke Energy just keeps pushing our install back week after week.
Luckily, a few maintenance checks later – cleaning the filter, adding some oil, confirming my battery connections – and it fired up and had been running like a champ so far. “Thank you, Jesus. Prayer really works.”, I’ll tell my friends.
Now to empty that black tank of toilet goodies into a cart so that I can haul it to the RV sewage dump station – and the attachment hose on the “poo cart” appears to be leaking now. Yes, a sewage hose LEAKING. “Thank you, Jesus, another opportunity for prayer.”
Have a blessed day, friends!
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33 NLT