Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and my might; [God] has become my salvation. (Isaiah 12:2, NRSV)
Have you ever said, “I wish things were easier sometimes?” I have found myself saying that with increasing frequency. Maybe with all that we are enduring in 2020, it just feels that things are more challenging than they actually are. Or perhaps I have less patience, who knows?
Recently I had a home inspection for a renewal of my homeowner’s insurance policy. In my entire house they identified one problem: the water supply lines in a half bath showed signs of corrosion. No big deal! They told me that I could replace them myself (yeah, right) or I was given a financial limit that they would reimburse to have it done. Perfect!
I called my plumber and they said they would take care of it. Of course, they arrived while I was at the church for The Clergy Round Table, but they had clear instructions, no concerns on my part. So, what did they do? Replace the water supply line to my toilet in that bathroom. When I called to discuss this with them, they apologized profusely and came the next day. I was home for this visit. When the plumber looked at the water supply lines he pointed out that they are connected to the faucet, which is attached to the sink, which is attached to the vanity. To replace the water supply lines, I needed to replace the entire vanity. And of course they do not do that level of construction work.
So I called a contractor who replaced the vanity, sink, faucet, and water supply lines. And I am awaiting word if this will all pass muster for my homeowner’s policy. I just wish things were easier sometimes. But the good news is that, like the prophet Isaiah, our salvation rests in God and nothing could be easier than that.
Rev. Dr. Dawson B. Taylor
For service workers who still put themselves at risk during the pandemic:
Gracious God, give us wisdom to know that our salvation rests in you. Amen.