Yes…my taps were green.
No…they weren’t supposed to be.
In fact, until lately they were just old and grungy looking. Green had only recently been added to the list. The green wasn’t on the outside. Even though my standards have had to slip a little since I delegated a lot of the kitchen cleanup etc to other family members, if the green had been on the outside…I would have cleaned it. Quite quickly actually. Green stuff, which is spreading, is not something that I want to hang around.
But this green was on the inside of the clear, multi-faceted tap handle. I mention multi-faceted, not just to prove the point I made in my About Page about my lack of brevity, but also, to further illuminate my difficulty. Just like a diamond refracts light, sending rays of light out at all angles, and emphasises its beauty, my clear, multifaceted tap handles exaggerated and increased the….green. The green, which, I may have mentioned, was on the inside, where I couldn’t reach it. (I should probably confess that when I did mention all this to my husband he hadn’t actually noticed it…so perhaps I wasn’t actually as close to poisoning everyone as I felt.)
My husband is studying full-time this year and we are limiting any unneeded spending. I tried to convince myself that if it was on the inside, then it wouldn’t contaminate anything on the outside…RIGHT? Yeah. I have also been optimistically hoping that maybe Mr GR has a spare set out in the garage. Sometimes he steps up like this. He’s actually quite amazing.
But this morning I wondered. Could I actually get the taps off? The more I thought about it, the more I realised I was a little silly for not thinking of it earlier. Did I mention I am not perfect? So I got stuck in and managed to remove the handles, pull them apart, give them a good soaking, and put them back together again. I would love to say they sparkled and looked just like brand new. Yeah…No. Both of them still have little cracks and they still look pretty old and grungy. But, they are NOT green. Not even a little bit! They look clean. They look hygienic.
So, you may be asking, what does that have to do with contentment?
How did your taps help you to grow in godliness and your walk with the Lord.
Why thank you for asking. I’d love to share with you.
It struck me that, while I wasn’t having a fit every time I walked into the kitchen and saw them, I did notice them and feel unhappy with the way they were. I was discontent.
Once I spent that short time remedying the problem, with resources I already had, I realised a few things.
- I didn’t need to live with the problem and feel discontent. There was an answer right there just waiting for me to see it.
- If I had mentioned it to my husband he would have pointed me to the answer straight away...again meaning I wasn’t living with it and feeling discontent.
- I didn’t need the taps to be brand new and perfect to make me feel content with them. I only needed to change one aspect of the situation to change my discontent.
God has promised us in many places in scripture that He will provide for all our needs in Christ Jesus.
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:19
I need to remember this and recognise that perhaps He already has. Sometimes I just need to be creative and open as I look for His provision. I also need to be willing to share my struggles with others. Then they can either point me to new ways to move forward or perhaps pray for me in my quest to change my attitude of discontent. Finally I learned that I don’t always have to have the whole problem solved in order to find contentment. Just one change might be all that is needed.
Do you have areas of life where you have noticed that little niggle of discontent? Or have you been growing in the area of finding contentment? I love to find creative, frugal ways of making my home a more peaceful and welcoming environment, but I love seeing God’s wisdom in these little real life analogies even more. Please share with me some of your own.