At approximately 4:30 a.m. Saturday (this morning) a storm moved through Roswell, Georgia. 4:30 a.m. on a Saturday of a long Memorial Day weekend that includes Monday off. Backing up a bit it started with my usual Friday off, and although Sunday services are mixed in I had started a facility managers dream, a long holiday weekend that includes Friday and Monday off. What high hopes and plans I had. Notice I said had. As happens so often for the church facility manager when hopes are high duty some how manages to call.
When the storm moved through it did so with a bulls eye on the pole feeding power to Fellowship. Single phase was the end result. The call came in at 6:15 a.m. and what promised to be a Saturday of other plans became a Saturday of work.
Single phasing can be an uneasy thought. As my staff member was describing what he found upon opening I knew immediately what had happened. The last time we single phased I lost my chilled water pumps. All I could think about driving to the church is how I was going to get water pumps replaced on a Saturday of a holiday weekend for church the next morning. Then I thought about the 72 air handlers I have and wondered how many fan motors I might have lost. I then thought … You know the drill.
Just before arriving at the church a thought hit me that my hurry to hit the road while assessing the negative possibilities had kept me from considering. Nothing is on at 4:30 a.m. at Fellowship. I began to have hope.
To make what is getting to be a long story short although I spent a full day waiting on the power company to decide it was our turn at 6:20 p.m. all of my mechanicals came on and all I had to do to make it so was hit a few reset switches. My hope sprung eternal. Eternal as in God!
God went before Fellowship and as He often does He saved the day, or long holiday weekend. He did so even though my first thoughts were of the worst and not of what He can do.
What started as an interruption to my plans for a holiday weekend turned into an entire day of working with my staff with no one or thing or meeting to pull me away. We had so much fun. Wait! Did God use a single phase to teach me my first thoughts should be of Him and at the same time give me an opportunity to work along side my staff for a full day?
I can’t wait to see what the next storm brings.