It is time to replace our swamp cooler. The old one has served us well for over 20 years…retirement time.
We shopped around, and decided to replace it with one of the next generation swamp coolers, a MasterCool. It’s touted to be much more efficient (yea!), and we can get a rebate for it with our electric company. We ordered it from Home Depot. It was to arrive in 7-10 days.
Day 10 came and it hadn’t come yet. We called Home Depot and they said it wouldn’t be coming that day, and since they don’t deliver on weekends, it would be Monday. 😦
Imagine my surprise when I got home from work and there was a box sitting in front of our house! The shipping company, Seko Worldwide Transportation, had not notified us that they brought it – how can they not let you know when we’d left a note saying someone was home and to ring the bell or call us? And why in the world did they choose to leave it right next to the street? We have plenty of parking right in front of the house with about 15 feet between the street and the grass…yet it was sitting there barely off the road.
Needless to say, we immediately called Seko to discuss the situation. Naturally, there was nothing they could do at the time, and the guy said he would find out who the driver was and talk to him on Monday. That’s well and good, but we can’t move a 300-pound box attached to a pallet, and with it being so close to the street we couldn’t park in front of it, therefore we feared it could either turn up missing or damaged by the next morning. They were no help to us.
So we tried Home Depot. They listened to our plight, and did give us a credit, but they also had no one who could come help us out. They did finally agree to accept liability if something happen to it, but that didn’t alleviate our concern. It would be another 10 days should a new one need to be ordered and we had almost record heat on its way. Peachy.
So we called our boys and one of them brought his son and they rescued us, moving the cooler forward a few feet, next to the grass, and we were able to park in front of it so it would stay safe.
The next morning the boys were here bright and early to work on installing it. Yea! It was a long, hard day. I spent the day running back and forth to various stores to get things that were still needed or that no one had said we would need. I do know after many, many years of home improvement and car repair projects that things NEVER go as they should, they ALWAYS have complications, and it takes about 3x as long as you thought to get through it.
By early afternoon it dawned on me that we were having more and more issues, and that we probably should have started this project by asking the Lord to help us and bless us as we worked. So I called the boys in to join me and my husband. I explained to them that I have found, many times throughout my life, that when things are going wrong and problems come along, we can turn to our Father in Heaven in prayer, and that He will help us. Then I prayed. I explained that we were having some problems, and asked God to help us be clear-minded to see the solutions, and to give us the ability to do a good job. He had already blessed us with fair weather – it was not nearly as hot as had been predicted by the weatherman.
We went back to work. A while later our prayer was answered in a powerful way. They had backed up the van close to the house, and set up a step ladder close to the van. The boys had been able to take apart part of the swamp cooler, and were in the process of getting one of the larger pieces up the ladder. Suddenly the ladder buckled! I stand in awe that my son was able to hang onto the swamp cooler so that it did not drop, that the van window that my son fell against with his elbow did not break, and that my son sustained no injury other than a sore elbow! Father in Heaven had truly answered my prayer and protected my son and our property. You know that I uttered a prayer of thanks to Him for that.
Well, they didn’t quite finish. And we were all dead tired by the end of the day. As the following day was Sunday and we obey the blessed commandment (aren’t they all? One is so blessed when one obeys God’s commandments which of course are given to help and protect us) to obey the Sabbath Day and keep it holy. So we went to church to revive our spirits, and had a day of rest from our labors. Thus we’ll be ready for this next week and all that it brings our way, including finishing the installation of the swamp cooler!
Yes, this is an adventurous life!