Overcoming Winter Trials and Tribulations

Overcoming Winter Trials and Tribulations

“For ye have need of patience, that shall after ye have done the will of God ye might receive the promise.” (Hebrews 10:36)

I live in Canada’s smallest province. Here, the Island is famous for nasty weather. The good news is that most years, the weather is not an issue until “after” Christmas. All I can say is “not” this year. It appears that nasty weather is all we’ve been getting lately. An early season snowstorm or two with outside temperatures dropping to -26 and colder. Then, within a few hours or a day, it warms up to +5 before spiralling downward again. For people like me who make our living from driving, weather like this makes for some really difficult travelling conditions.

What makes it so bad is that this is only December. At home, we’ve already had two fills in our oil tank. This has led me to think seriously about alternative heat sources, particularly when continuous weather like this could make for an expensive winter heating with oil. Personally, I’d like to put in a wood stove. Unfortunately, my wife is revealing herself as anti-wood. Haha … maybe I can sneak a wood stove into the basement. Maybe she would not notice … hmmm.

Then, there is the increasingly popular heat pump. I have been hearing some good feedback on these comfort systems. They apparently are popular in Europe. They were designed for the milder winter temperatures of Europe when they first came out. Now it seems that they have adjusted their design to accommodate our colder Canadian climate. It is certainly worth looking into someday. We don’t have gas on the Island which complicates our ability to heat cheaply.

As I considered these (and other) heating alternatives, I tried starting my expensive honda snowblower. The driveway was filling with snow and it seemed like a good thing to do. Surprise, surprise — at least to me — the battery had died. After putting it on the charger for a few hours, it finally started. (Sometimes, I think that I really don’t have much luck with small engines.) We also had a plug put directly into our breaker box so that if we would have an emergency source of electricity if the power went out. In that situation, the other end of the plug goes into our new dewalt generator, and voila, we have power. Sounds like a relatively simple procedure, right?

Well, as luck would have it, the power did go out. I came downstairs at 3:30 a.m. (Yes,I am an early riser.) I went outside and, after a serious attempt at recall, I finally started the generator. I then went back inside and with eager anticipation, proceeded to turn on my coffee maker. I heard the percolator start and the water start to drip. But then, without warning I heard the generator surging and sputtering. I went back outside and noticed the smell of gasoline. You guessed it. The gasoline had all leaked out. What a mess. That was the end of my coffee. Not a good thing.

It has been several days now and the generator is still not fixed. I still have not figured out a heat source that is affordable and one that my wife can appreciate. And my expensive snowblower may or not work when I need it. On the positive, I have managed to drink lots of coffee. So, whenever life throws curve balls at us — whether it be a generator not working, being fired from a job or losing a loved one — we should always remember that this life is not the end game.

God gives us His promises if we would only do His will. If we would only seek Jesus and His righteousness in our lives. In other words, while we may need to dwell on the earthly priorities in times of need, let’s focus more often on the heavenly so that we can spend eternity with our Lord and Saviour — in complete peace — in heaven. Blessings!

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