Posted by: Brad Stanford | August 31, 2009

Too Much And Not Enough

In the past when people have asked me “What’s going on?” I used to say, “Too much, and not enough, all at the same time.” I always received a confirmation of understanding about that. Seems that’s a well-understood mode for most of us.

So I have a hold on all my FaceBook, blog reading, and news parsing activities so that I can focus on finishing up my software before a trade show in Atlanta at the end of the month. But the response to my FB posts about the move has been so positive that  decided to at least have a place to post updates for those who wanted to keep up.

Even before the brushogging began, we had an incident where one of the neighbor’s cows broke through the fence, and proceeded to graze on the obviously greener and unkempt grass on the other side. Apparently this happened while we were gone last week, as the only evidence left behind was the busted fence, the hoofprints, and four cow patties. The neighbor had left extra fence wire on multiple fence posts around the property, so I made a very quick repair of the fence intending to come back later and fix it right. Thankfully, the neighbor beat me to it, which is great since he actually knows what he’s doing, and I am still trying to clean the city out of my ears, eyes, and mind.

A few other things you might want to know:

•We have to do dishes on the porch with the hose because the kitchen sink drain is stopped up. And there’s no hot water in the kitchen. The full bath in the back of the house and the laundry room share a separate hot water system, so at least there is hot water in the house. The first day, though, the hot water in that system smelled like rotten eggs. I’ve cleared that by running the water all the way out, but it still has a little smell. I’ll be trying some hydrogen peroxide in the system soon.

•We have yet to do a load of laundry as we’ve been waiting for the sediment to be flushed out of the system (it was a brand new well). It’s almost 96.23% clear now, so we can try that this week.

•Of course, we’ll have to line-dry everything because there isn’t a 220 plug in the laundry room. There are laundry connections out in the detached garage if we get desperate to increase our electricity bill, but hopefully we will resist and make due like the rest of the world. The current laundry room is in the house and has a family-sized closet right next to it for immediate hanging and folding. But we won’t be able to immediately hang and fold things as they come straight out of the washer.

There are more things to list, but I don’t have that kind of time. The main thing for you to know is that this is not a walk in the suburban park, we have stepped into a situation that many out here deal with on a daily basis. I’m thankful that things aren’t perfect, because otherwise, we would not be able to identify with the culture we’re in. Plus none of these things are insurmountable. And it’s very possible that God wants to introduce community to us through the things that need fixing.

James talks about looking at trouble and saying, “Bring it on!” When things are running right, how often do we look to the Lord? We find ourselves having to make time for Him, as if He was another thing to be managed. But when there’s too much to do and not enough time; or too much month and not enough money; when too much and not enough are happening at the same time, you have no choice but to depend on deliverance. So having too much – like 5,000+ people to feed – and having not enough – like only 5 loaves and two fishes – is precisely where God wants us to be, so that He can get glory for the story (12 basketfulls of leftovers).

How are we any different from the world if we simply provide for ourselves out of our own efforts? When there’s too much and not enough, and God delivers more than necessary, that’s something to talk about, rejoice in, and be excited about the next time those two forces align.

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Responses

  1. Congrats on the new place. It does sound like an adventure for sure! May God fill you all with childlike faith and wonder as you continue on this fabulous journey with your Father. May lots of laughs fill your new home. I know that the joy of your salvation will be your strength. May everything be in proper perspective as you gaze on the glory of your Savior.

    Much love!

    Rob

  2. Brad,
    Thanks for sharing this post. Once again your words really ring true to my heart! We are praying for your family and look forward to breaking bread with you soon!

  3. I have very little to add here (yet), except that you can automatically post to Facebook from WordPress.com. See http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2007/07/18/facebook/ for the details.

    More later…

  4. I tried the app. FAIL! And apparently I’m not the only one with the same problem. I would easily pay for an app that worked.


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