There are some fun women I’ve known for years. Every few months we get together for lunch or dinner, often in one of our homes. Yesterday it was my turn.
My husband had a meeting so I’d have the house to myself. The girls were to arrive at 6:30 for a dinner of turkey chili and for my vegan friends, a hearty mushroom soup.
It was 5:50 PM when I picked up the large pot of chili and tripped! Chili splashed 20 feet across the room splattering our light-colored carpet, the upholstered furniture and even high up on three walls. Unbelievable!
My husband was still home and suggested we call someone to steam clean it all– tomorrow. Tomorrow? The tomatoes and chili powder were beginning to stain the carpet now!
I immediately grabbed two buckets–one for dumping what I could scrape up from the carpet and sofa. The other I filled with water and a little ammonia. Two friends arrived early and immediately began helping. Incredibly, by 6:30 most of the room was somewhat presentable. I quickly added some cans of chili beans to what was left. Fortunately there was plenty of mushroom soup.
What I noticed about myself was my calmness. I kept thinking, “It’s just carpet. It’s just furniture. We can always repaint the walls. It could be worse. I’m not injured.” Incredibly, I was able to smile and laugh and thank God. I had peace the entire evening.
One gal has a husband who is gravely ill. Although this group does not usually pray before we eat, I went ahead and prayed, thanking God for our meal and for our friendship. I also prayed for our friend’s husband and for her strength in caring for him. She was appreciative.
When everyone left I went back to cleaning. Where were the stains? There were none! This morning we discovered more beans on the carpet and two sofa pillows with large splotches of dried chili. I spot-cleaned them and this evening they had dried without a stain! How extraordinary! Thank You Lord!
Why did this happen? Was this a test? Did I pass? I do know God filled me with a supernatural kind of peace and joy. If it was a test, then I think I passed–because God helped me.
- For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
- SONG: MARTHA –Lyrics by Liana Wendy Howarth; Music by Kathleen
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