To you this is probably just a raggedy, makeshift set up that should never grace the net of these interwebs. A please don’t do it yourself set up...and certainly don’t take a picture of it! But for me, this is a milestone.
Not because this is the first air conditioner I’ve put in, nor because it’s the first one I’ve bought, but instead it’s because last year I did this with my grampa. This year, I did it by myself. In the journey to becoming a man and better man I’ve found that there are holes in my life that have been filled with fear.
With all of the gifts God has given me and all that I’ve learned, being a ‘handyman’ wasn’t one of them. Accepting imperfections in myself and work has been a huge mountain to pass.
So this air conditioner, which would fit a normal sized window, was much too small for this one. Last year, my brain tied itself in a knot in trying to figure out how I should put my grampa’s air conditioner in. His brain was not. We cut some leftover cardboard after measuring the size needed, put some plastic bags near the side, and black duct tape to seal it off and hold it together. It looked like a cleaner version of this.
A year has passed, and with my grampa taking a nap, I found myself having to find the pieces to put this back together again. I felt so incompetent I had to quickly pray to ask God to let me see what my grampa is able to see. This is the result.
The moments of this life without a loved one who has guided you and the life after they pass are difficult. But God is able to fill in the holes with His Holy Spirit and to build you up to become that godly man or woman He’s destined you to be...even through ordinary things of this life.
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. (Philippians 1:6 NLT)