They Come in Threes

By: Dennis Bates

Bad things come in threes. I wish!

For me bad things come in buckets that hold a lot more than three things. Take appliances, for example. I just got done holding the clothes dryer so my wife could try to put duct tape around the exhaust hose. Again. Keep in mind that this is the same dryer that was professionally vented, for a modest fee, of course, a few months ago. This is the second or third time we have unprofessionally fixed the job.

The dryer sits right next to the new washing machine, which replaced one that was barely five years old. It had to be balanced this morning also. The old machine had a cracked tub, among other things. That replacement was within the past four months.

Then there’s the microwave that was just replaced because the old one developed a terminal case of switches that wouldn’t do what they were supposed to do. The refrigerator door fell off a second time and needed to be fixed. Not just part of it, but the whole thing. The high-end dishwasher that we had worked for three days after it was fixed last week. Now the repairman who fixed it says there’s nothing more he can do for it, even though it was fixed under for a defective part that the manufacturer admitted was the company’s fault.

The furnace man just informed us that our furnace will need to be replaced the next time it quits working. I’ll stop there. I’m depressed enough. You can see why only three bad things would be welcome. My wife and I passed three things shortly after the first of the year.

Still, when it comes right down to it, none of these things amounts to much other than annoyance and dollars and cents. It’s not that I have a lot of money to throw around. I don’t. Fixing everything will take some very creative financing, but as always, we will get by. We always have. God has always provided and I see no reason why He would stop now.

We have a nice house, if you discount the curse that our appliances seem to have; we have enough to eat, when a lot of people in this world don’t; and we live comfortably. My whining notwithstanding, we have a beautiful life. God has blessed us abundantly.

So why the saying may be that bad things come in threes, all things that come in threes are not necessarily bad. The best example of that, of course, is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Everything else is just stuff compared to Them.

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