God’s Word for Today: Enraged. Already you are thinking, come on Terry, we are in the last few days before Christmas, where is the peace and joy? Our word for today is about as far from peace and joy as one can get. When a person is enraged, every good thing in life goes out the window. There is one, single, straight ahead, and blind direction that being enraged takes. We must address this today.
Last night, mid-evening time, my last task for the day was to fix a toilet seat that keeps coming lose in the main bathroom of the house. For the last couple of weeks, I have been halfway resetting this toilet seat only to find it all askew a few days later. So, for some odd reason I finally had had enough and set forth to tackle this recurring problem.
Now, this is no ordinary toilet seat with the permanent plastic bolts that stick down thru the toilet holes and you fasten with plastic wing nuts and rubber washers. Over the years, I have come to be somewhat of a toilet seat expert. These plastic things seem to magically work their way loose occasionally, and one simply has to reach down under the back of the toilet at an almost impossible angle and retighten the wing nuts. Or, maybe the plastic finally breaks, you throw the toilet seat in the dumpster and you install a new one. Easy fix.
But the toilet seat I was addressing last night did not have this simple plastic configuration. No, it was a metal flat head bolt (straight slot in the head), with a rubber bushing that when squeezed by an opposing nut, flared out and grasped itself to the mounting holes in the toilet. Then, if lucky, you still had the extra lock nuts provided that kept the initial nuts in place keeping the seat secure to the toilet. Quite a complicated feat of Engineering if you ask me, but all metal and made to last.
I soon discovered that the all metal, made to last, apparatus for toilet seat connection, was not a good plan. Metal has a tendency to rust. What better place to have an attack of moisture and excess oxygen than a toilet seat? So, my first order of business was to loosen the rusted nuts and reset the rubber bushings so they could be squeezed back down and get a new grip on life. The plan was great except for one tiny factor.
Earlier I had mentioned the bolt that had a straight slot screwdriver head on the bolt that was the mainstay of this mounting endeavor. Anyone with any mechanical history knows 2 things. One, any type of torque involved is much better with a Philips head or even better, a Torx head bolt. The second thing is, straight slot is antiquated and has been replaced years ago in almost all applications. Unless you have one toilet seat engineer who is buddies with the company’s accountant, and found a heck of a deal on some flat head bolts.
Anyway, it became a wrestling match with me sitting on the floor embracing this toilet, late in the evening when I should have been enjoying popcorn. I was slowly becoming enraged. I was enraged at the rust. I was enraged at the location of where I had to reach the tightening nut. I was enraged with the missing extra lock nut. I was enraged with the person who had “accidently” stuck my favorite screwdriver in his pocket, that I could really have used, but instead is probably never to be seen again. I was enraged that everyone else was visiting and laughing and enjoying the popcorn. I was rapidly becoming enraged at everything I could possibly think of that would be beneficial to be enraged at.
The toilet seat is fixed. How long, I don’t know. I was enraged enough at the time; I really didn’t care.
1John 4:8-10. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
I have a pretty good feeling this hits the nail on the head of taking care of this enraged thing. God had and has every right to be enraged at us. He had to clean house once (Noah’s ark thing), and still, we couldn’t get it right. God gave man 10 simple easy to follow commandments and we fail to keep them. God gave us some simple sacrifice instructions to atone for our sins, and we ingenious and greedy humans turned it into a complicated and impossible ritual that only the “extremely self-blessed” could follow.
God could have been and should have been enraged. I can’t even begin to number the times God would be justified to be totally enraged at me. Man, do I have some faults. Instead, He showed us what Love truly was. God sent his only begotten Son to save our sorry selves. God really, really loves you. Just think of what He did, just for you.
Today, think about what enrages you. Maybe you have been enraged at God. Something really bad and terribly heavy has happened in your life that has led you to become enraged. Enraged so much at God that you can’t fathom what His love means. Enraged at your fellow man to the point of missing what is good in this world. Enraged at something as simple as a toilet seat enough that you miss out on the love, laughter, and communion of family. Take a deep breath. Think of today’s scripture. Read it again. Put it in your back pocket. Give up enraged and grasp the love God has laid out before you. Good stuff right there…………
Prayer: Dearest Lord, creator of Love for all, forgive me for being enraged. I am sorry God, but there are times I hurt. There are times when I focus on other’s faults and it enrages me. Help me today Lord to find the Love you have so freely given. My life will be so much better if thru You God, I can replace being enraged, with a simple act of Love. In Jesus’s, who suffered for all of us to show your love, name I pray. Amen.