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Being in an older house electrical oddities are normal. There are a few switches that we haven’t a clue what they go to. Other switches are placed behind doors opposite the side they should be when you enter a room. And the placement of our breakers makes little to no sense. Half the living room, the downstairs bedrooms, and bathroom are on one and the other half of the living room connects to the upstairs 🤷♀️. So when our lights started randomly flickering about a month ago we attributed it to living in an older house.
Dad and Bradley came upstairs to replace a two-prong outlet with a three-prong outlet. You’d think it’d be fairly simple but you’d be wrong. All of a sudden the lights in the living room get really dim and two of the three bulbs almost go out. There’s a hissing noise followed by a series of pops, yelling, smoke and sparks! Once the crisis was subdued we debated calling the fire department out to make sure that there wasn’t fire in the walls.
A few minutes later we’re sitting in the living room trying to determine what to do, who to call, and what’s causing the problem. Then all of a sudden the lights on the mantle get really bright.
There’s another hissing sound followed by another series of pops. Thankfully our next-door neighbor, who happens to work in HVAC came over to take a look. He realized that something funky was happening to our voltage causing high voltage to be shot anywhere it could go. Thankfully this was confined to the outlets and there was no hidden fire in the walls.
We called an electrician out to get a formal diagnosis and figure out how to fix it. It turns out that we had a few screws loose on our panel in addition to having several places on the panel starting to corrode causing the connections to be spotty. So, we’re looking into getting our entire panel replaced sooner rather than later.
Those popping noises we heard? That was actually the surge protectors. Instead of frying our T.V., computers, printer, chargers, etc. we just fried the surge protector! If we didn’t have those plugged into a surge protector we would’ve lost all of those electronics and could have had a fire! I never fully understood what those did before Sunday; but thanks to a surge protector my laptop, my old Fitbit, and a couple of chargers that I had plugged in STILL WORK. Now, I want to have everything plugged into a surge protector just to be safe!
As I was thinking about this yet again today I can’t help but be thankful.
For starters, Dad AND Bradley were calm throughout the entire ordeal and were able to act quickly preventing a fire! We had A LOT of our important electronics already plugged into a surge protector. Our next-door neighbor was home and able to come over within 5 minutes of Dad calling him and able to interpret all of the electrician speak over the phone to the company and came back over when the electrician arrived! And we’re all safe albeit a little leary of popping noises and flickering lights.
Our electrical panel is in many ways, the heart of the home. Nearly everything we do in the house and yard passes through this panel. If it’s corroded and the connections are spotty lights are suddenly dimmed and the electric can’t get where it needs to go. The same can be said of our spiritual lives.
“But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.”
If our spiritual heart is corroded and suffering our light for Jesus is dimmed and we’re unable to effectively do the work that He’s called us to do. Not only do we suffer but those around us also suffer. Similar to how our lights were all wonky. Some were dim, some were too bright. We need to let God transform us and create a clean heart within us free of corrosion (2 Corinthians 3:18).
“Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
Until next time,