Charles R. Swindoll — 'Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.'
Rev. Susan Smith Guest Columnist
One of my favorite things to do is take a long hot bath. I look forward to these times of absolute peace and quiet, but I must work to make it happen because my hot water heater is small and doesn’t make enough hot water to fill the tub. Over the years I devised a plan to fix this problem by heating water on the stove in big pots and pans and carrying them carefully to the tub to add to my bath. While this solves the problem, I chuckle to myself when I realize that I am acting like the Beverly Hillbillies. If you are old enough to remember black and white TV, you know who the Beverly Hillbillies are. For the younger folks, let me explain.
The Beverly Hillbillies was a popular comedy series that ran from 1962 to 1971 about Jed Clampett and his poor backwoods family who lived in the Ozark Mountains without running water or electricity. When oil was found on their land, they were suddenly rich, and their banker convinced them to move to Beverly Hills to live in a mansion next door to him. Granny, the matriarch of the family, always had to heat bath water on the wood stove in their backwoods home. Even though she lived in a mansion now, she still heated water on the stove to take a bath. Granny was grateful for the woodstove she had back home, but she didn’t know greater blessings were possible with indoor plumbing and a water heater, so she kept doing what she had always done. Every time I heat water on the stove for my bath I think of Granny and laugh at my Beverly Hillbillies life.
One day my son saw me heating water on the stove for my bath and said “Mom! Why are you still doing that? You’re too old to be lugging pots and pans of boiling water through the house. Why don’t you just get a bigger water heater?” This idea was a revelation to me! I had never thought I could have a bigger water heater, so I was satisfied with the lesser blessing of pots and pans on the stove. I’m just grateful to have a home with a stove and pots and pans. Now suddenly God is making a way for me to get a bigger water heater soon. I am amazed that it took me so long to realize a greater blessing was possible. What else can God do for me that I’m not seeing?
Ephesians 3:20 --- 20 Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.
1 Corinthians 2:9 --- 9 However, as the scripture says, “What no one ever saw or heard, what no one ever thought could happen, is the very thing God prepared for those who love him.”
God has more for us than we know, and greater blessings are in store if His power and love are at work within us. It’s good to be grateful for where you are, but also remember that God can do more in your life than what you are seeing. Greater blessings are always possible in Him.
Rev. Smith is the Associate Pastor of Exodus Missionary Outreach Church www.exodusmissionaryoutreach church.org and can be reached at 828-962-8196, email@example.com or P.O. Box 3311, Hickory, NC 28603.