Thursday, 21 February 2008

Consider it all joy...




Some days and seasons are just phew!! Fruit preservation times I should say (fruit of the Spirit that is).I will give you a list of flames under the cooking pot.
1 A few days ago my landline telephone stopped working. Two days back workmen came, had a look , said something to each other and went away.
2. My internet was jumpy and yesterday I lost it completely.This evening I went outside and fiddled with some loose telephone wires and now I have it back. But the fluctuating electricity affects it. Why are we slaves to technology. StoneAge dwellers were much happier.
3. This morning I got up at 4 am to discover there was not a drop of water in our overhead water tank.We don 't have have a 24 hr water supply. Our water comes for a few hours morning and evening, so we have to pump it into a storage tank.When the water supply started at 5 am I pumped it up but found it soon drained out.
Miss Sherlock Holmes found the garden tap was leaking. ..somebody had tampered with it. Got that fixed and re-pumped the H2O but again it drained out.This time Ms Holmes detective skills failed completely and because the elderly ladies of the household started showing signs of
illogical paranoia, her fruit of the Spirit tree started withering at an alarming rate.Anyway she revived herself with a large beaker of coffee and the Word of the Lord.
3. Today was the day to take my 86 yr. old Aunt Sybil to a govt. hospital to get a doctor to certify her thumb impression as she cannot sign on her bank papers ( she is suffering from dementia and failing eye-sight).Pastor S offered to help me.
While getting the papers in order I found one of them missing and flew into a panic, begging God to help me and He did After a good deal of freaking out I found it.
4. When our garden helper arrived, he found one of our water pipes was leaking, causing the tank to drain.He tried to fix it but could not.I called a plumber to replace the pipe later on.
5Our rest room water closet started acting funny , I twiddled with it and fixed it.
6. Since we don 't have a regular driver I hire a driver from our car garage. Today he sent a young man known to drive a little recklessly and I was forced to trust him with our lives - he did a decent job.
7. Pastor S met us at the hospital. Found out that the govt. declared today as an impromptu holiday in honor of some important person 's birthday, so everybody had to go home. As its so difficult to take Aunt S out , we tried to get in edgeways. Saw a senior doctor sitting in a very impressive office.He reminded us of the holiday and said only the Chief Medical Officer was authorised to issue the certificate. So tomorrow we 'll climb the mountain again.
8. Got home and Aunt S was all exhausted and drained out, she cannot cope with changes, just going out depleted her. She recovered after a lie down. Mom got very nervous in the meanwhile - I had to calm her down.
9. Late evening my cell phone locked itself first time in four and a half years. I could see the devil rolling with laughter. Actually I was laughing too - at him.
I need my cell phone because my landline is not working. I have to keep in touch with my younger sister Namrita whose husband is about to undergo laser surgery for a kidney stone.So I went off to the shop. There was a large crowd there. Two young men smiled and greeted me. First I started at them blankly because they appeared complete strangers.But I said to myself ; they are my nephew 's age so let me ask for their help.Miss Congeniality approached them with her problem and one of them fixed it in a jiffy. How God sends angels! Turned out that these boys work in a computer parts store I go to sometimes.
10. While we all were watching a Christian TV prog. in the evening the stir fry radish I was cooking got a little scorched as I was engrossed in the message.Doesn 't matter our dinner was flavored with The Message. LOL.
The day ended well after all the tears,fears and cheers, and I must say the Fruit of the Spirit Tree got attacked by locusts a couple of times.
The Bible says, "Consider it all joy,my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith profuces endurance"
James 1;2,3 (NASB)

21 Fertilize my soul:

Nathalie Thompson said...

Amrita,
Thank you for posting on my blog. What a joy to read your blog! I know very little about India so a peak into your life is wonderful. Thank you for sharing. God bless you! :)

Amrita said...

Thank you dropping by Natalie.I have another friend called Natalie.
God has given you the gift of creating beautiful art work.

flyingstars said...

hmmmm....so you had a activity filled entire day & some mind-tiring ones...but as you have rightly noted in the end, we should do everything happily without focusing much on our pain & we does sometimes have to give the test of endurance to the almighty & faith ultimately helps...have a wonderful time!

the mother of this lot said...

What a day you had Amrita - I couldn't help laughing at some of it! And God bless you for finding such joy in everything!

Jeanette said...

I just loved reading this post, Amrita! I laughed at some of it, too, the main reason being that we all have days filled with one test after another, so we can feel it right along with you. I love your sense of humor and how you write about things. This has been a real day-brightener! Next time I have a hard day, I will remember your day and take heart and have faith.

I hope things will soon be looking up over there :)

Felisol said...

Dear Amrita,
It's good you have the ability to laugh when all goes wrong.
I think you are one tough lady to cope with all these trails on your own.
What doesn't kill you will in the end strengthen you.
Wow, you must be quite a muscle bundle by now.
I'll try to laugh tomorrow when I over and over again am banging my head against the bureaucratic wall.
At least I'll put on a helmet, the bumps are hurting. Sob. Sob.
We have ten TV channels, not one is sending Christian TV programs regularly. It's a giant shame.
But soccer is sent on all channels every other hour.
It's like when the Romans were ruling:
Give the people food and circus and they'll remain content.
Well, I'm not.
I'll have to search for the fruits of the spirit I guess.
God bless you, Amrita,
From Felisol

Nancy said...

You are an amazing woman Amrita and the way you share your journey is such a blessing. I love your sense of humor, and appreciate the outlook you have. Bless you as you fight the good fight and care for your dear aunt and mother.

Rebecca said...

This is a very well written and very funny account of what sounds like a day filling with chaos...good heavens....but you had me laughing and rolling my eyes!

Donetta said...

Wow what a day! I hope that this day proves more pleasurable.

Shelley said...

Hello Dear Amrita,Wow what a day! I have those kind of days when it seems like the devil is trying his best to get us to stub our toe and lose our temper. Guess,that is his job but it's so great to know ~Greater is he that is in you,than he that is in the world~Amen

Keep up the good work, you are doing a wonderful thing taking such good care of your elders.

God bless you and pray the weekend will be much nicer to you.

Blessings,Shelley

Dick said...

trouble all over, I hope tomorrow is better.

Pat said...

Oh Amrita - you once again justify my need to read blogs - you are a treasure!
Poor Aunt S, at her age having to make a second trip, and poor Amrita for having to arrange it all over again!
I must tell you, I have used that same verse in James 1:2&3 many times when I felt I was at the end of my rope! God always has a word in season for us!

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Roo said...

you are a blessing amrita. xox a bright light that brings life to all who visit! xo

monsoon-dreams said...

wonderful,simple and humourous post,amrita.loved reading it.

Kate said...

Hi, Amrita!

What a roller-coaster ride you had today! I laughed at one point because I too often find that a restorative beaker of coffee will vastly improve my mood.

Amrita said...

Thnak you for all your comments. I am a very ordinary woman and come on the verge of cracking up sometimes, its just relecting over events with humour just lifts me up.

Humour and music are my therapy.
God bless you all

Web-OJ said...

What a day!

Gudl said...

I shall never complain about a bad day!! You are a strong women.

Holy Chaos said...

wow! frustrating!

I am impressed that you could keep your sense of humor and perspective.

great post!

'JoAnn's-Digital-Eyes'NL said...

Hi Amrita,
I wish you the BEST for today and tomorrow, I hope eveything is going better? Happy Sunday wishes:)

JoAnn