Does God Bless Microwave/Convection Ovens?
That is the the question of the day....
But first a story.
Kelly Jo was cooking July 4th for the big hog roast at Sun Valley Church in Florence, Montana when she noticed that her Microwave/Convection Oven had quit cooking. The timer was still counting, all of the controls seemed to be working but no sound of cooking. Fortunately the baked beans were close enough to being finished and I might say they were Delicious!
The next day Kelly Jo pulled out all the paperwork on the Microwave/Convection Oven (Thankfully the previous owners of the BoggsMobile saved the paperwork for everything) and I started checking it out. Once I had followed all the instructions in the book with no fix I began to call the phone numbers for customer service and repairs that I found in the original papers. Since the Microwave/Convection Oven was manufactured in 1995 I was not really surprised to find that not one number was good.
I finally located an electronics repair shop in Missoula and called them. After talking to them we examined our options.
1. Pay $20 to have the problem diagnosed then repaired at $150-200 minimum.
2. Order a new Microwave/Convection Oven for $552 plus shipping for the only brand in the world with the proper outside dimensions.
3. Do without a Microwave/Convection Oven.
#3 was not an option because we have no other oven in the BoggsMobile.
#2 was not in the budget so I went with option #1.
We took it in and forked over the $20 and hoped for the $150-200 minimum. If the estimate was more than $200 to repair our 15 year old Microwave/Convection Oven then we would have to bite the bullet for a new one.
The repair place called a few days later and gave me the verdict. They checked everything out thoroughly and all the major components were working fine. The culprit was a $10 door switch. That's the safety switch to keep the unit from working with the door open. I had to pay the diagnostic fee, an hours labor and $10 for the switch for a grand total of $87!
We picked it up the next day, put everything back in place, plunked the magic twanger and it Worked! The Microwave/Convection Oven is back to cooking every day!
Now, for my original question....
Does God Bless Microwave/Convection Ovens?
Is God concerned for the condition, feelings or future of Microwave/Convection Ovens?
I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that I don't think God concerns himself much at all with Microwave/Convection Ovens...Or refrigerators, air conditioners, tools, clothes, toys, guns or even cars, houses and lands....
God doesn't love objects, things and stuff. God loves people! He loves people like the Boggs family and people like you. In fact God tells us in His word that He loves us with an everlasting love. He loves people so much that He gave His only begotten son for us! God demonstrated His Love toward us and He still does every day!
God did not Love our Microwave/Convection Oven. He Loves our family!
God did not bless our Microwave/Convection Oven. He blessed our family!
Some people think and teach erroneously that if God is blessing you then you won't have any problems. But very often He blesses us through our problems or even with our problems!
He could have blessed us with the money for a brand new $552 Microwave/Convection Oven.
He could have blessed us with a $50 used one on eBay.
He could have delivered one to my door out of thin air.
He could have given us the grace and patience to do without a Microwave/Convection Oven for more than 10 days.
He could have miraculously healed it right in the cabinet when Kelly Jo laid hands on it. (I kind of prefer this option because I would not have had to remove and reinstall anything and no out of pocket expense.)
But God Blessed us with a working Microwave/Convection Oven, repaired quickly at a reasonable price.
The point is that all of the above would have been the blessing of God on our family. And NONE of those options means God loves us one ounce less than the others. Some are easier to take than others but God knows what is best for us!
Take a moment to look around your life, my friend! You may be wondering when God is going to work in that situation or this circumstance. When is God going to heal, fix or produce? But God is working right now even as you read this. He is giving grace, love and mercy to you and he is working behind the scenes and going way in front of you for your Good!
You may not see it now but God is working for you...
God is blessing you...
God Loves You!
Does God Care much about our Microwave/Convection Oven? Sorry, I don't think so, but He proves once again He cares a whole big bunch about us.
He cares about you and yours as well....