I made an interesting observation today. Since I've chosen to devote specific times to prayer this Lenten season, I've not had the usual litany of chaotic thoughts and doubts crossing my mind.I attribute this to my closer walk with the Lord and spending more time in my Bible so I am better able to identify and refute the enemy's attacks.
But I have noticed an increase in general things going wrong. There was the day I broke some porcelin figurines, some lightbulbs in the house have blown out (not 1 or 2, but several within hours of each other) and my right headlight has developed an intermittant tic. It will work fine for a few days, then be out for several hours; I'll go to change it, and it stays on for a few more days. Strange stuff.
For instance, my washer suddenly would not spin fast enough to extract all the water out of small rugs. I've washed these same rugs often; they seem to be favorites of our dogs when we are too slow letting them out late at night. I have washed just these two rugs in one load before with no problem. One day last week, the washer would not spin for any reason. Called the repairman--nothing wrong with the machine.
Add to that our furnace dilemma. We had a new furnace installed. What was supposed to be a 2-day job has stretched to 4 days and counting. It's not that the company is incompetent--they are going above and beyond their usual services. Master plumbers are installing pipes and they are leaking in three places. The printed circuit boards (in the furnace itself) somehow got water dripped on them and got fried. Replacements ordered--they sent the wrong ones. Replacements ordered again--they sent a different board, but still the wrong one.
At one point today, I had 4 different technicians stomping up and down my basement stairs. This has greatly interrupted my dogs' sleeping schedule, not to mention my work time.
But I couldn't help but think, the enemy cannot trip me up spiritually--he's trying to trip me up with my circumstances.
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,.." James 1:2 (NIV)