Jottings from my Journal

By on 07/11/2018

My vacuum cleaner is 20 years old and for quite a few months now has not been working very well. I have taped up the cord that had started to deteriorate and taped up the connection points because they are no longer tight and a vacuum doesn’t occur in the vacuum cleaner when it is switched on. My carpets have not been as clean as they could be!

I rang the vacuum company and lo and behold they still make parts. I ordered a new hose and connection pieces. Two weeks later after they had been ordered from Melbourne, I picked up the parts. They didn’t fit. The plugs were 4-prong not 3-prong. So, after a phone call another hose was ordered from Melbourne because they had ordered in the wrong part!

Another two weeks of waiting and borrowing my daughter’s vacuum cleaner. The tubing and pieces arrive! Yay! And it still doesn’t work! I think it has had it!

My son walks by as I’m contemplating what to do and states the truth: “Mum it’s had it, it’s a fossil. You need to buy a new one.”

Funny how I did not want to face the truth. I liked my old vacuum cleaner. I did not want to change. The truth was staring at me in the face, but I did not want to believe it. As my son said the words I faced the truth and courage was passed on to me by the arm that went across my shoulders. “C’mon Mum, face it, you need a new one.”

Do you know that we often don’t want to face situations in life, we don’t want to see the truth?

I need to change my lifestyle because I’m living a very unhealthy one…

I need to watch my attitude because it’s causing me and others grief…

I need to be more responsible and be accountable for my actions…

I need to get more rest because my life is so stressful…

I need to think of others like myself and love them…

Jesus said “Come to me all you who labour (work) and I will give you rest. My yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

It might seem ridiculous, but I heard God talking to me through the old vacuum cleaner. I did not want change. The blessing came for me by being willing to face the truth, to allow God to change me, so I was more functional. A better person to be used by Him. No matter what age we are, God wants to improve on the old model for the better, to be more powerful, proficient and purposeful in life.

So, I bought a new vacuum cleaner.

And oh yes, my carpets are much cleaner than they have ever been in the last 2-3 years!

May these jottings from my journal inspire you to believe in and fall in love with Christ- the hope of the world, as stated in Jeremiah 17:7, ‘Blessed is the man who believes and trusts in and relies on the Lord and whose hope and confident expectation is the Lord!’

Love always


2 comments on “Jottings from my Journal

  1. Thanks Rosemary your journals are very inspiring & meaningful God Bless you & Bruce & Catholic Team.

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