When we moved our kids from Charlotte to the sticks, one of the things that made them the saddest was the fact that we were leaving our pool behind. So when we found our new home up here and it had a pool in the backyard, we were all ecstatic. Sadly, we could never keep the pool clear. I was beginning to think I had lost my touch at balancing chemicals.
Last year, I was battling health issues. I really didn’t feel like dealing with the pool. Add to that the fact that we had a broken piece on the pump and no extra money, and it quickly led to the decision to just ignore the pool.
Fast forward to this year. We had finally sold our Charlotte house (Praise God!) and were using the money to do some things around the house. Yes, one of my priorities was the pool! After a couple years of neglect and not being covered, we had developed a beautiful swamp and frog habitat. 🤢🐸
To begin working on the pool, first we had to drain the swamp (no politics involved). We drained as much water as we could and then were left with about a foot of murky, marshy water that was full of leaves and golf balls (thanks Jake), and frogs. Most of that had to be bailed out with buckets. (I bailed out on that project!) Finally, the liner was cut away so we could see the bare bones of the pool.
Yuck. The water that had seeped out had to be removed. We were ready to put the liner in! But the day had gotten away from us, so the man we had hired said he would come back the next day to finish. Of course, that night, it rained. And poured. The next morning, we went out to find standing water in our dirt pool. So once again, it had to be dried out. And then the liner went in! Yay! So close to swimming!
But. As the water started filling, part of the liner came down.
So most of the water in the pool had to be bailed out so the liner could be put back into place. Up to this point, Keith had been available to help the pool man. But now, he was stuck with his fiance and me as helpers. Poor pool man! Finally, he got it replaced and we were in business! Except we had discovered that the reason I could never keep the pool clear is that we had a leak in our pump. Uh oh. But fortunately we had rescued the pump from the pool at the old house (thanks Mom!) And it is working perfectly! The pool area is still a work in progress. The deck has boards that need to be replaced. The pool rails need to be cleaned. I did get our good steps put in, but they’re not perfectly balanced. However, we have the rest of the pool season to work these things out.
And I have a beautiful pool to swim in, work around, exercise in. I am thankful!
As we went through the process of the pool remodel, I’ve also been going through a couple other projects. I’m redoing my floors inside (which is a much slower process!). We had to replace a wall, due to black mold. (Yuck!) We ended up needing a new refrigerator. And we tore one wall down completely. The first week or so, it drove me crazy that we weren’t able to finish it immediately, but I’ve settled myself into the idea that it will get done in time.
I’ve had yet one more project going. This one is much more personal. That project is me. I watched myself on video a couple months ago, ministering to a group of ladies, and all I could see was how I had let myself go. I have reasons. Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, medications, genetics. But those reasons had become excuses and I had packed 40 pounds on my short, already overweight frame in the last couple of years. As I watched the video, I wondered if everyone else was as distracted by my appearance. I decided then and there that it was time to do something. I started praying and researching. I settled on a plan that looked like it would work for me. And it has. With God’s help, I am well on my way to a healthier me. Not that the journey has been all that much smoother than with of my other projects! Some weeks, it’s been one step forward, two steps back. But the key is to keep moving forward.
And that leads me to the point of the blog. As I’ve been on these journeys, and they’ve all ended up being far more complicated than they should have been, God has been speaking to my heart about the spiritual parallels.
There have been times in my life that I’ve thought, oh! Now I understand God! Only to find out that He’s just revealed another piece of Himself to me. As I’ve matured in Him, I’ve come to realize that He grows us as we go.
Look at David. David was annointed as king long before he was ready for the crown. God had lessons for him to learn. Then, once David was crowned king, he had it all together, right? Wrong. He still made mistakes. Big ones! Yet, he always went back to God. In fact, God called David “a man after His own heart.”
In the book of Job, we read about a man who refused to curse God, no matter the fact that he had lost everything. So Job had it all together, right? Well, not quite. He did get very frustrated and very sassy with God. Then God had to remind him Who was really in charge. Job turned his attitude around and, in the end, was a blessed man once again.
Then, there’s Peter. Peter was a disciple of Jesus. He walked with Jesus daily, loved Jesus, walked on water with Jesus (briefly), confessed He was the son of God. He saw things most people didn’t get to see. He even defended Jesus against the guards who came to arrest Him! Surely, Peter never faltered, right? Wrong, wrong, wrong. Three times Peter denied even knowing Jesus after His arrest. But in His love and mercy and goodness, Jesus forgave Peter and gave Him the opportunity to grow from it. Three times, Jesus asked Peter if he loved Him. Three times Peter responded Yes. Three times Jesus told Peter to tend His lambs. Peter readily agreed and went on to be a leader in the early church.
Life is full of transition. It’s seasonal. What is today may or may not be tomorrow. The only way we can handle these ups and downs of life is with Jesus. You may have noticed in my pool chronicle, that we hired a pool man. He’s an expert in his field. Because of that, we were done in several days. With the house project we’re doing it ourselves. And it’s not done. Seeing a parallel? There’s only One expert on life. That would be the One Who gave you life.
So. Where are you today? Have you given up? Return to God. Are you trying to go it alone? Return to God. Are you feeling stagnant? Draw closer to God. Are you serving and loving God to the best of your ability but feel a but stuck and confused? Just keep loving and serving Him. Here are some scriptures to help you out. Oh, and those stories listed above? The Leigh version is pretty accurate, but I really recommend you go read them yourself!
Be blessed and tell someone you love them.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13