We have been without heat for the last three days.
The culprit is a broken exhaust fan. It happened to quit working on the day following the historic October nor’easter that hit New England.
This is what the aftermath of that storm looked like in our neck of the woods:
As you can imagine, it was a tad chilly.
To complicate matters further, there were enormous power outages, which included the company in Massachusetts that carried the replacement exhaust fan.
We were originally told that all would be fixed by Monday.
So, we bundled up in several layers of clothes, fired up the space heaters, and slept beneath a million blankets.
By Monday afternoon, we received news that now it would be fixed on Tuesday.
I immediately placed a call to my brother, who works for the company that runs the inns in our charming New England town and he was able to get us a room at one of them for the night.
As I packed, I realized how far I have come. If this had happened several years ago, I’m sorry to say that I would have been decidedly unhappy at being inconvenienced and would have loudly vocalized my displeasure to anyone willing to listen. I would have only focused on the negative..
Not so today.
The storm that my family and I lived through over the past couple of years has radically realigned my perspective and my priorities. I no longer take anything in my life for granted.
I have learned to count, one by glorious one, one thousand gifts from the hand of my Heavenly Father.
Whatever the situation, I now ask, “What blessings can I find here?”
I always find them—even though some circumstances require a bit more digging— because I serve a very good God who can be found in the midst. He always speaks.
The blessings I found in this situation were many:
*We were given the gift of more time to be with Doug, as he usually goes to Vermont on Sunday afternoons for another work week
*It reminded me to give thanks for the little things that are easy to take for granted, such as electricity, running water, a washing machine, a dryer, and heat
*…laughter with my family, as we all sought to find the joy in the midst
*Doug having the chance to drive the kids to school and listen to all the stories of high school life and plans for the day ahead
*…spending Halloween night in a local Mexican restaurant enjoying seeing kids dressed up in costumes…and listening to the little boy behind us inexplicably say, “Hi fork!” over and over again 🙂
*…being given the chance to stay practically for free in a luxury hotel for the night, wrapped in the warmth from the fireplace
*…waking up to this view:
This afternoon at 4:00, the fan was fixed and blessed heat poured back into the house. Happiness reigned. 🙂
Celebrate the little things today.