[In this world you will have trouble]
My heart is sinking. Why don’t people listen? No, seriously…why?
On Sunday it was Thanksgiving here in Canada. Neither Andrew nor I were feeling great due to our health problems, so Andrew almost went down for a nap a few hours before we were set to head out and spend time with family. Thankfully, he managed to stay awake, and we did push to get out the door. However, when I went to the closet to pick out a pair of shoes, I discovered what appeared to be white mold. When I investigated further I found that my boots were even worse. Even further investigation proved that some of my clothing and purses, as well as a chair, had signs of mold also.
Suddenly, I was freaking out! Is this why Andrew and I keep feeling so brutal? Healthwise we’ve both gotten worse. Could mold be the cause? Yes, actually, it could be part of the problem. Mold can cause or worsen already existing health conditions.
We live in a basement suite, but that doesn’t mean that mold should be an issue if this house was built right, and we have sufficient heat. Unfortunately, it’s pretty common for people to selfishly cut corners.
I’ve had my concerns about this house because we do know that not everything is built to code. The fan above our stove doesn’t even vent outside (It vents into the suite), and the heating has it’s issues too. Some of the rooms are cold while others are too warm. On occasion I’ve wondered if this suite itself has been making us worse.
That’s not all! One of our upstairs neighbors doesn’t want to keep the heat on (or he turns it down so low that it doesn’t come on.) We’ve informed our landlord about this–more than once–but this particular neighbor likes to do things his own way, and nothing gets done about it.
Well, guess what? Selfishness is just like mold, it spreads and creates a bigger problem!
(spots of mold on a purse)
So we’ve informed our Landlord, who says that he will get back to us soon. I don’t know if it’s this place, a bad neighbor, the rainy weather, or a combination that has caused mold, but this wasn’t the first sign of “plague”. This particular neighbor, himself, breeds numerous problems.
At the end of August, after he’d done some nighttime watering (which left droplets on my plants), my flowers developed a mildew issue. It was nearing the end of their season, so I just pulled them up, and let it go because he likely didn’t know that nighttime watering is a surefire way to cause mildew.
“Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.”
They say that ignorance is bliss, but tell this to those who suffer for the ones who won’t listen, learn and take correction. This neighbor almost killed his roommates dog! (That’s a whole other story…)
(I even found spots of mold on my clothing)
The formation of mold has everything to do with dampness and temperature, so obviously it hasn’t been warm enough in our suite. Since Andrew informed him that we have mold, he DID finally turn up the heat. Whether this got through to him, or he’s just afraid that the hammer will come down on him, I don’t know, but thankfully this addressed the heat issue.
I had a friend who actually died from black mold exposure. Eventually I will write a post about her, but her words to me keep running through my head: “Be careful with that mold.” Why did she say this? Well, at the time we were living in an apartment and our landlord wasn’t keeping up on things. Because of this our balcony was in disrepair, and I guess moisture was getting into one of the walls. We noticed some water damage in the corner of a room one day, but other unresolvable issues forced us to move out. That story can be found Here.
There’s one thing that I AM very thankful for right now. Even though I stressed out, which set off a bit of a panic attack, I do know that I can trust Jesus with our needs. He has seen us safe before, and I KNOW He can do it again. At least we know there’s a problem, so we can deal with this with God’s help. I don’t know whether it will mean that we need to move, but right now this mold has to be evaluated by a certified professional and remediated, so that’s the plan.
What would I do if I couldn’t trust my needs to Jesus? People really don’t listen! So I’m glad that He always does! It’s no lie that we’ll have trouble in this world, but it’s also true that Jesus has already overcome it!
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” –John 14:27
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” –John 16:33 ❤
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