Tuesday, March 22, 2011

think.

water-logged.
the girls and i got home around 8 p.m. on sunday night. i got them settled down and into bed. i sat down on the couch to tackle the six clean loads of laundry that i'd left sitting in their baskets all weekend and my friend sara texted me to turn on the show "army wives." a lot of my friends love this show, but i hadn't really ever watched it. in this episode there was a scene where one gal has a bunch of friends over and all of a sudden they hear gushing water and find her water heater is shooting water out. they all shriek and it takes a couple of them to turn it off. i didn't think much of the scene at the time.
when the show was over, i went to bed. (and didn't accomplish much folding...)


early monday morning i was still in bed, not quite ready to get up, sort-of drifting in & out of dreamy sleep. i dreamt that someone was in my bathroom taking a really long shower. when i woke up and still heard the water, i figured piper must be playing in the tub. i got out of bed, but piper wasn't in the bathroom, and the tub wasn't running. so i groggily walked into the kitchen to see if she'd accidentally started the dishwasher. nope. confused, i went downstairs to see if my little sister had possibly started a load of laundry. she hadn't. but there, in our laundry room, was our water heater. gushing gallons of water across the room. literally hitting the wall on the other side. just like i had seen on tv 12 hours before. my first thought was, is this really happening? am i still dreaming? but, i quickly snapped out of it and, thanks to "army wives" i knew exactly what to do and how to turn off the water. (and i didn't get near as soaked as the gals did on tv!)

i looked around to see how much clean-up i had ahead of me, but luckily i'd done that mountain of laundry a few days before. otherwise, all those clothes would have been a soaking wet mess on the floor. the only pile left was towels, so that didn't matter too much. also, our water heater happens be right next to our sump pit, so a lot of the water went straight down there (which was good). my father-in-law helped me find a plumber and he was there before lunch and we were only without water for a few hours. the whole thing had to be replaced (dreading that bill), but it could have been a lot worse. if my friend hadn't texted me, if hadn't seen the show, if all my laundry was on the floor, i would have freaked out at the sight of that water. 
but she did and i did and it wasn't, so i didn't.
you might call it coincidence or irony, but i'd say that's God.
when you pass through deep waters, i will be with you;
and when you pass through rivers of difficulty,
they'll not sweep over you.
when you walk through fire you will not be burned,
the flames will not consume you.
for i am the Lord your God ... your savior.
isaiah 43:2-3

19 comments:

  1. oh NO!!!!! why couldn't that have happened when Seth was home. I guess we learn a lot when they are gone. I'm so sorry you had to deal with that :( Miss you!

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  2. Sheesh!!!! Wow. Crazy. Talk about God preparing you for something.

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  3. That is amazing - what preparation God gave you!! He is with you even though Seth cant be.

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  4. What an amazing story! Someone was preparing you!

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  5. Oh wow! That happened to us a few years ago. Our garage was nearly flooded. We had to have everything replaced too. Glad you were able to get that under control quickly.

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  6. I just got chills reading this! What a blessing it is to have a God who watches out for us!

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  7. OH NO!!! That is CRAZY!!! I love how God worked it all out but YUCK on having to spend money on something that totally isn't fun to spend on!!!

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  8. wow, that is an amazing story! I love hearing things like this and repeating them to people who say God isn't real :)

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  9. So thankful that all is fine, and that you are all safe. Strange ways how it all happened. I had a similar but not nearly exciting experience last night. As I went to sleep, I stared up at the fire alarm (I'm in a new place for a few days until our house is ready) and I thought to myself, I wonder how loud that is. And then 60 minutes later it went off. Scared the crap outta me like it read my mind. The world works in wonderous/mysterious ways.

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  10. Wow, that is really amazing.

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  11. I saw that on your facebook status the other day and thought of you because of Army Wives-crazy! What a mess, I'm glad it wasn't as bad as it could have been.

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  12. YIKES! You are amazing!! We just had to replace our hot water heater....it was $800 for labor and a new tank.

    I love that you credit God for the positive in such icky circumstances. That's a precious testimony to your faith. :)

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  13. The Lord works in mysterious ways!

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  14. amazing.

    we just had a flood, and...just so cool to see God working there for you. He is so. good.

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  15. Just discovered your blog today while surfing the net. I just wanna say that I love this story. God is so big but He's in the details too. What an encouragement!

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  16. Such a good post! And such a great scripture.

    Phew!

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