It was lights out at the old par­son­age

Record Observer - - Religion -

As long as I can re­mem­ber, and at my age that does not go back very far, I have al­ways been an early riser. I do not like to stay in bed any longer than I have to. So much I want to do and so lit­tle time I need an early start ev­ery day.

I have al­ways used Ben­jamin Franklin’s motto for my­self, “Early to bed and early to rise makes one healthy, wealthy and wise.” Un­for­tu­nately, my early to bed and early to rise maybe has made me healthy, but cer­tainly not wealthy or wise.

This past week an event hap­pened that chal­lenged my “early to rise” reg­i­men.

As usual, I rose early and headed for the kitchen for my cup of cof­fee. There is no way I can start a day with­out first in­dulging in my early morn­ing cup of Joe. Noth­ing starts the day off bet­ter than a hot cup of cof­fee.

I am not sure who in­vented cof­fee, but I sure would like to buy them a cup of cof­fee and shake their hand. Peo­ple, who do not re­ally know any bet­ter, com­plain that cof­fee is bad for your health. Be­lieve me when I say the ab­sence of my cof­fee is bad for ev­ery­body’s health around me.

I go to bed early dream­ing of that first cup of cof­fee when I rise.

Stum­bling to the kitchen, I stubbed my toe twice walk­ing down the hall­way and then tried to turn on the kitchen lights. I am very care­ful to be quiet so as to not awaken the other res­i­dent in the house. She is the sort of per­son that needs her rest. I am the kind of per­son that wants her to have all the rest she can get. There­fore, I tried to qui­etly go to the kitchen and turn on the cof­fee pot.

When I flipped the light switch, noth­ing hap­pened. I mum­bled to my­self that the light bulb prob­a­bly burnt out. Have you ever no­ticed that that hap­pens when you need the light the most? How many times does a light bulb go out dur­ing the day?

I tried sev­eral light switches in the kitchen and the din­ing room and none worked. “Well,” I thought to my­self, “I will start the cof­fee.” I fum­bled my way to where the cof­fee pot was and turned the switch on. Noth­ing hap­pened.

I then went to turn on the TV to catch some early news and noth­ing hap­pened.

There was no elec­tric­ity at all in the house. My chal­lenge was to make sure the elec­tric­ity works be­fore my wife got up. I could not let her know that we had no elec­tric­ity.

Noth­ing I did re­stored any kind of elec­tric­ity in our house. Then it hap­pened. My wife came stum­bling down the hall­way and the first thing out of her mouth was, “Turn the lights on.”

I ex­plained to her that there was no elec­tric­ity and noth­ing was work­ing in the house.

The next thing out of her mouth was, “Did you pay the elec­tric bill?”

That did oc­cur to me and there was a good prob­a­bil­ity that I had not paid the elec­tric bill.

For­tu­nately, I had my cell phone and was able to call the elec­tric com­pany only to find out that the elec­tric­ity in our neigh­bor­hood was out and the restora­tion in our neigh­bor­hood was es­ti­mated to be at around 10 o’clock.

How in the world can I sur­vive with­out my cup of cof­fee un­til 10 o’clock in the morn­ing? The whole world is in dan­ger!

I never re­al­ized how im­por­tant elec­tric­ity was. I just took it for granted, paid the bill ev­ery month and just en­joyed the ap­pli­ances and the lights and most im­por­tant of all, the cof­fee pot.

As much as I love my cof­fee pot, it does not work with­out the elec­tric­ity. I had a few words with the cof­fee pot, but it did not do any good. It wanted elec­tric­ity and would not work un­til it had elec­tric­ity. How le­gal­is­tic!

Stand­ing around in the dark­ness of the early morn­ing my wife and I stared at each other, at least I think we were star­ing at each other, and won­der­ing what in the world we could do. I was so afraid she would come up with a so­lu­tion. She al­ways does, you know. No mat­ter what I break, she can fix. Now we had this prob­lem be­fore us.

Then she said those ter­ri­ble an­tic­i­pated words, “Why don’t we go out for break­fast this morn­ing?”

Be­ing mar­ried as long as I have been, I re­al­ized this was not a ques­tion re­quir­ing an an­swer, but rather it was some­thing she wanted us to do. And so, off to the restau­rant we went for our early morn­ing cof­fee.

What I want to know is, will the elec­tric com­pany re­im­burse me for my early morn­ing break­fast? Af­ter all, it is their fault that we had to go out. If I ever miss pay­ing my bill, they al­ways charge me late fees. Turn­about, I be­lieve, is fair play.

I ap­pre­ci­ate what David said, “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he with­hold from them that walk up­rightly” (Psalms 84:11).

Many times, we never miss some­thing un­til it is no longer avail­able. I do not want that to hap­pen to me con­cern­ing God’s grace and mercy in my life.

The Rev. James L. Sny­der is pas­tor of the Fam­ily of God Fel­low­ship, in Sil­ver Springs Shores. Call him at 352-687-4240 or email jamess­ny­ The church web­site is www.whatafel­low­ship. com.

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