On Monday of this week, Curtis Kinzey was kind enough to take me to Springdale to pick them up in his truck.
On Tuesday of this week, Linn Rice was nice enough to come over and help with the set up process for the new ones and haul the old ones to the metal recycling place. And on the subject of the later…
Linn came to the house at 9:00 AM. The first task was to get the old washer and dryer out of the way. Since there is an exterior door right beside where the washer and dryer sit (facing Granite), we took them outside and set them by the street. This was accomplished by about 9:15 AM at the latest.
We then went about the task of hooking up the new washer and dryer. We were about finished at about 9:45 AM when I heard a knock on our front door (the door that faces Maple).
The man at the door was wearing a city shirt. I had noticed the marking of water lines and figured he was going to give me information about that process. I was wrong.
He was from code compliance and “...happened to be driving by and noticed the washer and dryer by the street.” As much as I wanted to be sarcastic with him, I explained that we were installing a new washer and dryer and were, quite literally, about to load the old ones up and haul them away. He still drove back by on Granite and took a picture. I can only assume he was back by to make sure they were gone.
Does that remind you of someone else? Do you know someone who always “happens to be driving by” when you do something that they interpret as “wrong,” so they give you a hard time? Unfortunately, some folks are just like that...and it’s not even their job!
But it also reminds me of another adversary. This is exactly how Satan works! (If you work for code compliance in the city of Siloam Springs, please don’t take this wrong...but if the shoe fits...☺)
Whenever you do something that could even remotely resemble “wrong,” Satan is always right there to “catch you red handed.” And he will keep bringing it up over and over again until it is dealt with.
Peter tells us, “Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
So at your weakest moment, he will “happen to be prowling by” and pounce on you. But Peter doesn’t leave us to wonder how to deal with Satan when this happens…“Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world” (1 Peter 5:9).
When Satan tries to “catch” you in something, don’t mess around with him. Don’t toy with him. Don’t be sarcastic with him. RESIST HIM!
Even at your weakest, remember that Christ is still stronger than Satan will ever be. All you have to do is tell Satan it was taken care of at Cavalry and, well, James tells us that “roaring lion” will tuck his tail between his legs and run away like a scared kitty cat!! (My loose translation of James 4:7b.)