An excerpt from 98five international blogger Jennie Scott’s post on The big problem with ignoring small problems.
In South Carolina, you’re never really sure when the hot weather is gone…so when the air conditioning in your house begins making weird sounds three days before October begins, you know you have a problem.
You have no choice. You have to call the air guy.
After only a few minutes of leaving my house, I couldn’t stop thinking about the problem he said we had.
The unit wasn’t broken, and it could still work. But there was a slow leak in the evaporator coil, which apparently is pretty important. He added some Freon to get us through the last bout of warm weather, saying he could continue to add more until we decided to replace the unit. But there would continue to be a leak, and we would continue to have problems.
Do you ever feel like your life has a Freon leak, that your evaporator coil needs to be replaced?
Air conditioning is a modern luxury we take for granted — until it stops working. It works quietly in the background of our lives, providing comfort without recognition. It does its job without demanding our notice. Until it goes wrong.
And I think that’s how life sometimes goes. Sometimes we have a slow leak that we don’t recognise until there’s a major malfunction. We have a defective part that we can ignore because it hasn’t completely shut down. But at some point, we notice there’s a problem. At some point, the slow leak in the background makes its presence known.
What’s the slow leak in your life?
Maybe it’s an emotion from childhood you’ve tried to ignore since you’re now an adult.
Maybe it’s a sin you keep going back to even though you hate yourself for it.
Or maybe it’s a struggle you’ve tried to battle on your own since shame and embarrassment prevent you from telling anyone else.
A slow leak eventually demands notice. A part that needs to be replaced can only be repaired for so long.
It’s going to cost a lot to replace our air conditioner. Writing that check will hurt, and we’ll hate to fork over that money. But it will be worth it. The slow leak will be gone, and the new unit will work as intended. We won’t have to worry about the hot days to come, and the machinery that’s supposed to work unnoticed in the background will quietly do its job.
Looking at my life right now, I can identify some slow leaks. I can see some thought patterns that could lead to malfunction. And replacing those parts will be expensive. Changing out the old for the new will be costly. It always is.
But replacing what’s old and broken is necessary for living in the present. Stopping the slow leaks is the only way to function fully. The cost will be high. But the return on investment will always be worth it.
Jennie Scott is a divorced and remarried mom (yes, she’s from the US) of two whose life has been far from perfect and completely different from what she planned. Although, what she’s found is that God has provided exactly what she needed through it all. He is teaching her to enjoy the journey even when the path is winding and difficult. JennieGScott.com. | Follow Jennie on Facebook| Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest