Monday, December 04, 2006



I take the two-cup measuring container, now full of water, and set it in the microwave.


Green, plastic measuring spoon in hand (the lone survivor from a once intact set of five), I reach into my bin of decaf coffee and retrieve a heaping mound, which I transfer to my IKEA French press. Taking my favorite mug from the cupboard, I cover the bottom with a half inch of creamer--Peppermint Mocha, the first container of the season.


I go back into the bedroom to find my slippers, then return to the kitchen and lean against the counter while I watch the diminishing seconds on the microwave timer. I'm convinced it boils my water faster if I stand guard.


I turn to stare at the faucet. Stop dripping, I think with irritation.


I grab the handle, twist it upwards, to the left, then slowly back down, stopping just shy of where I believe the bottom to be. Sometimes that works.

Drip ... dripdripdrip ... drip

It didn't work.

I maneuver to the right this time, hoping that something shifted inside the faucet guts (a place I can envision but have no real proof of). Maybe there's a little life left on that right side of the washer.


I'm annoyed. I press my lips in a firm line and wiggle the faucet this way, that way, slightly to the left, northeast, way down south, and every destination in between.

And still it drips.

For crying out loud! my thoughts bellow. How much of my life have I wasted standing at this stupid sink fighting with this dripping faucet?

And then I hear God's whisper. All over the world today, women will walk miles to get their water from distant wells.

The microwave dings. My water is ready.

14 Comment:

At 12/04/2006 12:25 PM, Anonymous Cheryl had this to say ...

It really makes you think...all the little things we take for granted and all the complaining we do. We have it so good here. Even the "poor" in America are so rich compared to the majority of humanity. Lord help me to be content with what I have!

At 12/05/2006 6:31 AM, Anonymous Pam D. had this to say ...

Hmmm... Maybe we ARE leading parallel lives...:) My faucet is doing the same thing, grinding my nerves. My plumber's tip: Make sure I reset the handle down each time so it is perfectly in the center. Sometimes it works! :)

At 12/05/2006 7:58 AM, Blogger Butterfly Kisses had this to say ...

What a great post! Don't you love it when God says things like that to us? The other day at church, there wasn't anymore room in the nursery for our 4 month old. They don't allow babies in the sanctuary, but they set up seating just outside of the sanctuary where families can still hear and see. But most of the people who sit in that section..chit chat. They all have their babies and socialize to each other about them or what not. There was a couple in front of me with their little guy and they just kept talking about their kids, the day..who knows what. I found it to be so distracting. In my head I started thinking...why are you here? If all you are going to do is talk and not listen to the sermon, why are you here? And immediately God said to me.....have patience. They are in MY house are they not? And even if they don't listen intently, they are still hearing MY word. You should be happy for them that they could come today.

Anyway, your post reminded me of that. How often we get irritated at things, impatient with things....I am so glad that God lovingly puts me in my place each time.

At 12/05/2006 10:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous had this to say ...

This is beautiful. And so many times God catches me like that too.

At 12/05/2006 7:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous had this to say ...

I'm so thankful to be reminded of this today - especially when I feel I've wasted time on tug-of-war moments with my children.
I'm looking forward to my copy of "Inconceivable" arriving! Read about you at "Holy Experience", and couldn't wait to read more.

At 12/06/2006 1:44 AM, Anonymous Deedee had this to say ...

Hi! I just found an interview with you for your new book Inconceivable.Thank you so much for writing it! I have been able to conceive - but have been through the trauma of 5 miscarriages (as well as having two beautiful boys). Many of the feelings towards God and feelings of a 'broken body' are similar. I think that Biblical books on these subjects that admit pain and anger BEFORE acceptance and peace with God are sooooo important! When your angry and hurting a book that says how someone was praising God through it all can be sooo condemning. One that says 'others have felt this way too - but you can come out the other side eventually' are much more encouraging and helpful. Thank you for being real!!

At 12/06/2006 8:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous had this to say ...

Mmmm...I can smell the coffee brewing and I can hear the echo of the same words. Thank you for posting that.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving the wonderful comments (Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate for you?) LOL

At 12/07/2006 5:17 PM, Blogger Janet Rubin had this to say ...

Hi there! First visit. What a great-looking blog. I'll be back. (I'm a writer too) Lovely post. It's so easy for us to lose perspective here in our pampered lives. Whenever I read Voice of the Martyrs newsletters and remember our persectuted brothers and sisters in Christ, I have to adjust my perspective again. I AM BLESSED!

At 12/07/2006 5:19 PM, Blogger Janet Rubin had this to say ...

Me again. I just peeked at your profile. I go to Calvary Chapel of Southeastern Connecticut. Love it!

At 12/08/2006 8:55 AM, Anonymous Vicki had this to say ...

Thank you for this, Shannon. As always, your writing hits home. How are you lately? Sending hugs and blessings!


At 12/08/2006 8:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous had this to say ...

PS--Ann's interview with you at Holy Listening was excellent and SO encouraging to me. I can't wait to read your new book. {{Hugs}}

At 12/08/2006 12:34 PM, Blogger Kelly Klepfer had this to say ...

So I'm innocently salivating over the process of peppermint mocha ala french press and then you zing (or ping or bing - depending on the model of your microwave)me.

But thanks. As always,I need reality checks like I need coffee.

At 12/09/2006 1:25 AM, Blogger shannon had this to say ...

Hi everyone :)

You said it, Cheryl. We really have nothing to complain about, but that doesn't seem to stop us. I'm always grateful when God rights my crooked thinking.
Thanks, Pam. I'll have to try that. :)
Thanks for sharing that, Butterfly Kisses. Don't you love when God interrupts your fleshly thoughts with something wise and kind? :)
Hi Laurel! Congratulations on all your nominations over at CWO! Great job.
Hi Elise--and thank you. :)
Oh, DeeDee ... I'm so sorry for all your losses. One of my sisters has also had five miscarriages. That's so difficult. You're right about the need for honesty in these matters. It's not helpful to anyone if we try to pretend away the human feelings we had to slog through before God had His way with us. Bless you!
Milk chocolate, Michelle ... always milk chocolate. :)
Janet! Nice to meet another Calvary Chapel-er. :) Great thoughts. Thanks for the visit and thanks for sharing. (And blessings on your writing ministry).
Hello Vicki! How are you? Congrats on your nomination at CWO--you certainly deserve it!
Hi there, Kelly--thanks so much for stopping by. Your name is so familiar to me ... I'm going to have to pop over to your blog and see why ...

At 12/11/2006 3:22 PM, Blogger The Koala Bear Writer had this to say ...

Wow - that was great! You had me getting annoyed with the faucet too, and the little line at the end just said it all. (I just found your blog through Janet's... I love blog links!)


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