It's been quite a week at the Living to Tell house. Spring like weather has blown in with the wind and on Wednesday I actually was sitting outside with sleeves and pant legs rolled up getting my Vitamin D. But with this gorgeous weather we've also had a very fast snow melt and the river is running very turbid. So much so that the city water could get on top of it. First we had a conserve water order for a couple days as they worked hard to get reserves built back up so that we wouldn't be in big trouble in case of a fire somewhere. After a day of that they also gave a boil water order. They say that the raw water has never been this bad here. Well there was a run on bottled water and within an hour there was no bottled water to be found in the city. Craziness! So needless to say, it's been a big pain in the kazoo, especially with the dayhome. So much extra work. But in all of that God has opened my heart to how fortunate I really am.
1. Clean water. Having the boil water order has made me realize how incredibly fortunate I am to live in a place where we have such access to clean water. I take it so much for granted. We walk a few feet, turn on a tap and clean, drinkable water comes flowing out. Not so now. I mean, we can't even brush our teeth without boiled or bottled water. When I got up and made my way to the bathroom to brush my teeth, after reaching for my toothbrush with one hand, my other hand automatically turned on the tap to stick my toothbrush under. Wait, stop. Can't do that. Everything to do with having clean water is such an automatic, take for granted thing. But a huge percentage of the world's people don't have such access. Their water is dirty and some must walk miles just to get a jug of mediocre water. It makes me that much more proud that my boy went with Samaritan's Purse to help those who don't have clean water and build them sand bio filters. And it makes me feel privileged to support wonderful organizations such as Samaritan's Purse who work hard to make clean water accessible to those who don't have it.
2. Showers. The chance to shower and wash is something else that I didn't give a second thought to...until the conserve water order. All of a sudden we're forced into rethinking that every day long, hot shower or bath. Again so many in this world do not have the privilege of that and in fact wash in dirtier water than the worst of what we are experiencing.
3. The maids. Again the conserve water order has made me very thankful to have two wonderful hard working maids. One called dishwasher and one called washer. I'm really thankful I got all my wash done the day before all this started happening so we're not really hurting in regards to clean clothes. But I sure will appreciate when this maid will chug away when it's all over and the laundry has piled up. "She" works hard for me and saves me lots of work. As does her companion the dishwasher. Not using it for a couple of days has certainly shown me how much I rely on that hardworking machine. Again saves me a ton of time especially with a dayhome.
4. Hard working city workers. So grateful for all those who have been working round the clock to get our water back to normal. It takes lots of knowledge and skill
5. This flower that I've never seen before. Flying Duck Orchid. It makes me smile.
Photo: Michael Prideaus
So a week that presented many inconveniences for everyone, turned into a week where God was able to show me how much I really do have to be thankful for.
What were you're favorite blessings this week?