I’m not a fan of clichés. They say “when it rains, it pours”. This is how I started to feel the other day.
Our 2 ½-year-old Pit Bull, Felix needed to have surgery on his left hind knee. This was so difficult to prepare for. We live in a house with stairs and the surgeon told us that he won’t be able to do any stairs for 4-6 weeks after the surgery. My husband had already been carrying him down the 3 steps of our front porch for over a week. And with Felix weighing 72 lbs, it hasn’t been easy.
We began turning part of our basement into a nurse’s station, complete with a makeshift bed for Felix, a rocking chair, a tv and a blow-up mattress for me so that I can sleep with him and care for him during the night. On Monday, Felix had his surgery. The surgeon said that there was a little more damage than originally thought, but that he did well and eventually he’ll be better than ever.
That night was extremely long. Poor Felix just cried and yelped every time he tried to get comfortable. I didn’t sleep because of caring for him and also the fact that most of the air in the blow-up mattress had deflated overnight. Assuming we just didn’t have the lid on the mattress tightened, I said I would try it again.
Tuesday night Felix slept a little bit better and so did I. However when we woke up, the house was 45 degrees and of course, the air in the blow-up mattress had again deflated. I was freezing and the concrete under the flattened mattress didn’t help.
My husband said that our fuel oil was low, but he didn’t think it was that low. He tried to reset it several times. Then he called the fuel oil company to see if they could come to fill our tank and quickly started a fire in our coal stove. After the fuel oil was delivered, the furnace still wouldn’t start so my husband had to call to have it serviced. The pump went and needed to be replaced.
I must admit that I was a bit overwhelmed and did think to myself “when it rains, it pours”. But then I was reminded of John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” NIV
As I laid on the floor petting my sweet Felix, I did feel peace and I praised the Lord. Things break, people and pets do get hurt. But I chose a different cliche’ “every cloud has a silver lining”. We had a full tank of oil, a new heat pump and my house were starting to feel warm and cozy.