The steps of a man are established by the Lord, and He delights in his way. When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, because the Lord is the One who holds his hand. Psalm 37:23-24
The text read, “My husband noticed that one of the turbines on your second story roof is broken and opened up. If it rains you could get rain in there and then a leak into your house.”
Sigh. The second story? An added expense with the holidays right around the corner? Another sigh.
I was thankful that my neighbor had noticed, and was somewhat surprised that I hadn’t noticed it myself. We had had several windy days over the last week due to a tropical storm off Florida’s coast. Branches had fallen down from the trees that had already been pruned by Hurricane Irma.
A quick review of the money in hand and upcoming expenses led to the realization that hiring a repairman was out of the question. Someone was going to have to gather up the courage to brave the second story roof, and that someone was going to have to be me.
I don’t know about you, but I am no fan of heights. I don’t even like ladders. This began during my first pregnancy, when I was standing on a small ladder and suddenly felt dizzy. It has remained with me even after more than two decades.
I didn’t know what the job would entail, but I needed something that would last through the holidays until I could hire someone to fix it properly. A metallic tape that I had used before seemed like a good choice, so I grabbed the roll and a pair of scissors and made my way to our back balcony, which provided easy access to the first story roof.
I made my way carefully along the roof to the peak, where the two roofs were the shortest distance apart. Turning around slowly so that I was facing away from the second story roof, I cautiously sat down on the higher roof. My feet barely touched the lower roof below me.
My heart was beating rapidly as I viewed the street below. My daughter smiled at me from the grass below, with phone in hand, ready to call 911 if the unthinkable happened.
She prayed, I prayed, and soon my heart slowed to a normal beat. I slowly scooted backwards up the roof toward the peak, where the turbine sat crookedly. Inch by inch I drew nearer, and was soon examining the turbine, where I discovered that a large screw had come out of one of the brackets that held the turbine in place.
Well, that was good news, right? Just a screw? Yes! Well, except for one thing. The thought of climbing down and repeating the climb back up was not exactly appealing.
I sat up there for a moment, trying to decide whether or not the tape might do to secure the turbine until I could gather up the courage to do this again.
As I contemplated the situation, my eyes were drawn to the other side of the turbine. To my surprise and delight, not more than four inches from the turbine sat the missing screw. Four inches away, on a slanted roof, after days of high winds. Mind blown.
I twisted the screw back in and covered it with the tape for good measure, and slowly made my way back down, thanking the Lord with each little scoot.
A verse immediately came to mind.
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Luke 12:6-7
And if He remembers even the little sparrows, and cares enough to keep a screw on a slanted roof just for me, certainly He is more than able to help with the bigger things, too.
I think the Lord allowed this not only to build my faith, but the faith of my daughter. See, my daughter knows how I feel about heights. She had just seen her mother face her fear, and not only live to tell about it (smile), but experience the miraculous. Maybe, just maybe, when she is faced with something that causes her to fear, she will resolutely face her fear, step out in faith, and will experience the miraculous, too.
Yeshua (Jesus) was tempted in everything we are, and yet was without sin. He knows our struggles. He knows our fears. He doesn’t ask us to do anything that He Himself wasn’t willing to do. His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:14-16
When Peter wanted to walk on the water with Him, “Come.” He says the same to us. Keep your eyes on Him. If you falter, rest assured that His hand is there, ready and willing to catch you.
Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” When they got into the boat, the wind stopped. And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “You are certainly God’s Son!” Matthew 14:28-33