When Refrigerators Growl

I have a strange habit of standing up while I eat breakfast each morning. I don’t know why I do it, and it really doesn’t make a lot of sense to do so, because we have plenty of places for me to sit while I eat. Instead, I stand in the kitchen leaning against the counter and eat my muffin, or my bowl of cereal while Mister Bear eats his morning ration of moist cat food.

This morning, I was enjoying a nice bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds, when I heard a bizarre, deep groan or growl come out of the refrigerator. I turned toward the fridge with a puzzled look on my face and thought, “You’re not supposed to do that,” as though the fridge could actually read my thoughts and might respond to what I was thinking. Mister Bear and I continued our breakfast, and the refrigerator behaved itself for the remainder of our time together.

As I finished my breakfast, I began thinking about how certain appliances, tools, machines, etc., are designed to behave in specific ways, and when they are used in such a way as to cause them to function outside those parameters, we run into problems. Try putting diesel fuel in the tank of an automobile designed for gasoline, or shoot a little air in your brake lines. Your car is going to object to that. I remember several years ago, loading a dishwasher and being unable to find the detergent needed to run it. “Hey,” I thought to myself, “Here’s the liquid soap for the sink. That should work!” About 20 minutes later, there was an avalanche of foam working its way from the kitchen toward the living room.

As human beings, we are no different. As Psalm 139 says, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made,” and that’s done with design – design with purpose and function.

“Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture,” – Psalm 100:3.

My purpose is to glorify the one who created me. God says:

“Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth — everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” – Isaiah 43:6b-7

In 1st Corinthians 10:31 we are taught that in whatever we do, we are to do it to God’s glory.

“I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.” – Psalm 86:12

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” – Ephesians 3:20-21

Victoriously in Christ!

– damon

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