Low On Ice

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After 21 years my good old refrigerator took a turn for the worse, taking on daily water that if not soaked up by towels would have damaged my floors.  So, every single day I cleaned it out and became tethered to this fridge keeping me from going anywhere longer than 24 hours.  Finally, the decision was made to purchase a new refrigerator.  Sticker shock!!!!

The new one was installed and running like a top. It was pretty to boot.  All the bells and whistles new smart refrigerators have. And one smart feature I would soon become aware of.  I notice ice production began to slow in the new refrigerator after we returned from vacation.  It was producing maybe 20 small cubes a day, which wasn’t enough, especially, living in Bakersfield’s notorious hot summers. Reading through the manual, which actually is fun and entertaining to me,  I discovered my fridge is really,  really smart.

The few cubes it was producing were still great, however just not enough to fill a glass more than once in a day. After calling the manufacturer’s service line I was directed to place my iPhone next to a microphone on the refrigerator, and then press a program code.  I’m telling the truth.  The next thing I know my refrigerator is sending an audible signal through my iPhone to the service center.  If that weren’t amazing enough in itself, the information it sent was even more crazy.  It identified not just how many times the doors were opened, but how long I held them open, water flow, ice production, temperature, and the over all functions of its multiple systems. A stem to stern checkup, pronto!! If only an annual physical could be this easy!!!  The service department walked me through how to decrease the temperature setting and reset the ice-maker. Voila!  Within 24 hours of the reset we had ice cascading from the door.

This summer, much like my shiny new fridge I’m pretty sure I too dipped in my “Ice Production”.  My days heated up and my production slowed. I was reading the Word, praying, filling time with worship music and attending church wherever we traveled, but to be honest far less productive than I should have been. All the fundamentals of a strong spiritual life were there but a few things, including a very frustrating health issue, heated me up which began to slow me down. My reduced “ice production”  looked like this. I wasn’t as encouraging nor as diligently praying for others.  I wasn’t frequently checking on those I care about, or reaching out to others with much vigor.  To be quite honest, I was willing to produce only a few cubes of spiritual ice a day, and even worse to be satisfied with my decreased production. How was it that some ice, but not much ice became okay with me?  This realization made me think about the scripture in Revelation 3: 15-16 on lukewarm living and the Lord’s not so positive view of that.

My iPhone was sending signals from my refrigerator so as to diagnose and fix my ice production issue, just as does the Holy Spirit diagnosis issues in my life.  John 14:26 says, “The Helper is the Holy Spirit, The Father will send Him in My (Jesus) place.  He will teach you everything and help your remember everything I have told you.”

When I received the service centers “fix” for my slow ice production problem, I had two choices. First, I could do nothing and sweat through a nearly endless iceless hot summer, or two, change the situation by implementing their fix and thereby have a nearly endless supply of ice all summer long.  When the Holy Spirit reveals those area in my life that need to be changed or corrected, like my iPhone did with the refrigerator, I too have choices to make as the Holy Spirit begins to reveal areas needing change, or course correction necessary if I want an abundant life.  I can do nothing, settling for less, or I can admit my need for Spiritual oomph, and then ask for His direction and power for me to move forward in Him. Today, I choose Him.

Romans 8:26 says “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.  We don’t not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.”

The Holy Spirit translates in groaning to deep for words just like my iPhone did for my fridge,  and the Lord God through the Holy Spirit began to urge me to re-evaluate and reset myself through His leading.  I needed oomph and He gave me Oomph.  I needed redirection and He is redirecting me.

Good checkups through the Holy Spirit are always the best way back from a slow spell. Resets are some of God’s best work in me. It causes me to really look at myself through His eyes. It is impossible for me to live my life alone. If He has indeed come that I might have life and have it abundantly then I must not settle for less than that.

2 Corinthians 5:17 says “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things are passed away; behold, new things have come.” That’s a God directed reset.

Romans 6:4says “We therefore were buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may walk in newness of life.

Bring on the ice Lord, please!!!!

-Mary Maggard