I am currently sitting in my car in the empty garage of my empty house, as I wait for electricians to finish the work of grounding the house’s heaters—per the request of the new buyers.
In case you may not understand what “to ground” something means. It is when you take the metal from the heaters and wire them to the ground, so that should lightning hit, they will not catch fire or be harmed.
We do that a lot here in Texas and others go through the process anywhere they get a lot of lightning. I asked my husband why we never had the heaters grounded. He explained that the chances of them catching fire or short circuiting due to lightning were very slim because the entire house was grounded, and that it’s just out of an abundance of caution that the new buyers are having it done. It’s usually a preference of safety, and not everyone feels the need to be overly cautious.
I must say I’m a bit surprised because my husband is usually overly cautious, like me. We both agree that it’s safer to have quality insurance that covers our health, home, and our cars. We also have smoke and carbon dioxide alarms that secure our home, and security systems. We even have a reserve of food, water, and candles for emergency.
We’ve done all of these things to be as safe and secure as we can. I guess what boggles my mind is why wouldn’t we have taken the extra step to have grounded the heaters specifically? Why wouldn’t we have taken that step to, again, be overly cautious? I guess the answer has to be faith. Faith that the chance of our house being hit by lightning in such a manner that it would strike our heaters was too slim.
As I think about it there are a lot of things that we don’t over-protect because we don’t have the ability to see the future. Scripture tell us, “For we live by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). Therefore, we are then grounded in faith that our Lord will protect us, that He has plans for us that are greater than we can see. He walks with us through the storms, the trials, and tribulations of our lives, and we know that we will be okay on the other side.
We will not be protected from everything. That is just not possible in the fallen world that we live in. There will be storms, hardships, heartbreaks, and unforeseen disasters, but if we are grounded in our faith then we are grounded in the Lord. We are wired straight from our hearts to God’s heart, and that is the best insurance, most secure, and loving place to be.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance” (James 1:2-3).