When something happens that annoys you, are you quick to grumble and complain? Here is a great reason to appreciate inconvenience in your life.
I am learning that sometimes, blessings come in inconvenient ways. When things seem to go awry, I almost immediately begin to gripe and wonder why this is happening to me. I recently learned that it could be God trying to bless us. Case in point is something that happened to us this week.
We ordered an RV washer/dryer set from Camping World. We had to pay $150 shipping for the washer because of its weight, but it was to be delivered directly to our door. The dryer was to come UPS ground to our door. Long story short…because our driveway is narrow and isn’t concrete, the semi would have to drop the washer at the gate for us to load and bring to the house or we could pick it up from their facility. Because of rainy weather, we chose to pick it up resulting in an hour+ round trip. Inconvenient, right? But then a few days later, the dryer shows up at the same freight line, so now we have to pick up the dryer, too.
I wrote the company explaining the issue. I figured we’d get a semi (no pun intended)-apology and “please try us again” letter, but they just wrote back with a very nice apology saying the $150 will be fully refunded. Even though the refund came because of our inconvenience, it brought our total cost down considerably. Blessing from God! Woohoo!
So, if you need a great way to appreciate inconvenience in your life, just stop and remember, don’t grumble and complain. It might be God trying to bless you.
After church this morning, we went to one of our favorite haunts and had a big lunch. I even devoured a heavenly slice of coconut cream pie. This evening when dinner time rolled around, we weren’t in the mood for another big meal. I saw something similar to this online, but I changed it to fit our taste buds. It was the perfect size for 2 of us to enjoy a healthy snack for dinner. This would make a tremendously tasty appetizer to take to any party, but you’d probably want to double or triple it for a crowd. The Rotel tomatoes add a little fire to the belly, so if you don’t want the heat, you could substitute the Rotel for a can of diced tomatoes.
Trial Run #1 – Squeaky doors and midnight bathroom trips
As you may or may not know, my husband and I are planning for our retirement years. They are a lot closer than they were yesterday and quite honestly, it’s a bit scary to think about.
We’ve read about people who live in their RV full-time and felt this might be a great option for us. So the search began for just the right type and size of RV. In my previous post called RV Minimalist Wannabe, I wrote how we started out with a small 25′ pull behind, but quickly realized that size was better suited for short vacations. We turned our attention to fifth wheels and bingo…we discovered great layouts with much more living space and storage. We decided to search for a fifth wheel mainly because they are supposed to pull better and be more stable travelling. A salesman told us, “That’s why it’s called a fifth wheel. It actually becomes part of your truck instead of something being pulled behind your truck.” That made perfect sense to me.
Prayers continued for God to show us THE one and He did. We bought a 35′ fifth wheel from a couple who lived very close to us. They had never been on a vacation with it, but had only lived in it while they built their house and then used it on their property for guests. It was in pristine condition considering it was 12 years old.
That purchase set us on another prayer journey. Since God showed us which one to buy, were we to sell our home and go full-time before retirement? This could be very beneficial because it would allow us to put our mortgage payment into savings for the time when we can’t work. We are one of thousands, maybe millions, who have no retirement account. That’s what I mean when I say thinking of retirement is scary. And if God is telling us to sell, can we really handle full-time RV living?