Living in Community
This week I have had a great lesson about living in community. I came home on Thursday evening only to discover a puddle of water in my garage. Upon further inspection, I learned our hot water heater was leaking. I called the emergency number of a plumbing company in Arlington. They sent a plumber out that night.
He surveyed the situation and recommended we call out a “mitigation specialist” to arrest the damage caused by water leaking into an interior closet and underneath our floor in our house. We called the restoration company and they arrived around 10:30 PM. They set up fans and dehumidifiers.
The next day, the plumber returned to replace the hot water heater. He installed new piping and connections. The restoration company returned and removed sheetrock, insulation, and installed more fans. I called my insurance company and they directed me to a Claims Department that manages all household claims.
I had a hardwood floor specialist come and assess the damage to our floor. He is still working on a recommended solution. I have talked to another repairman who is to provide an estimate for the sheetrock damage in the garage.
An Insurance Adjustor spent most of the day at my house yesterday —- inspecting the damage, predicting the costs of repair, and visiting with me about a plan going forward.
Today, I have been reflecting on all of the people involved in just this one hot water leak! It reminded me of the fact that we live in community. That is true in general — and it is also true as believers. I was reading my Daily Bible Reading this morning and decided to consult another translation than the NIV. I began to think about all of the people involved in making that simple task in my study an actual possibility.
Think about all of the work done by scholars and archaeologists to make it possible for me to read multiple translations of the ancient text of the Bible so quickly now. Ancient texts have been discovered, preserved, translated, and re-translated. Publishing companies have employed thousands of people to print and distribute the multiple translations I have in my study. And — you get the point.
We live in community. We each have our role to play in the community. We all contribute to the overall good when we live out our calling. That is how God designed it to be.
Today, I am thanking God for plumbers, publishers, sheetrock installers, and scholars!