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RELIGION: Power issues fixed

I don’t know why we put up with it for so long. It was… Oh, I better tell you what I’m talking about.

In June 2010 Carol and I moved into a 3 bedroom house built in 1979 and located on a half acre. It wasn’t new but we liked it and there is a playhouse eight feet off the ground in the back yard which is great for the grandkids.

I had a 12×24 office built in our back yard. The office is insulated, has an insulated double floor, an attic for storing things and is heated/air-conditioned with a heat pump. The office contains my library and I do all my serious writing there.

Everyone who visited us enjoyed the house. The backyard was a refuge for the grandchildren and for the animals. We saw raccoons, opossums, deer, red foxes, cats, dogs and all kinds of birds – including a road runner and a vulture trying to carry off the carcass of an opossum that has lost a fight with something.

But after seven or eight years, our human visitors – including our children and grandchildren – began to complain about the flickering lights. Carol and I didn’t notice it as the problem developed very slowly. When the situation was brought to my attention, I knew I would eventually fix it, but as we humans tend to do, I kept putting it off.

Then we had more serious problems. The power in my office started to go out intermittently. The house lights didn’t just flicker, they started going out for a second and then back on. The air conditioner or heater would turn off for a minute and then turn back on.

That’s when I called the power company.

They came out but couldn’t find the problem. But what they said was sobering: “The problem is on your side of the system. Hire your own electrician.”

A little hesitant, I started looking for an electrician. Not knowing any, I prayed about it, then spoke with a friend I trusted. Without hesitation, Tim suggested calling Safe & Sound Electric Inc. I called, left a message, and Justin Peachey came a day later. He listened to my stories of woe, asked clarifying questions, and got to work.

Justin is a master electrician and was observant when he “troubleshooted” the system, and he understood the related issues this situation could cause. It didn’t take him long to locate the problem.

Something called the ‘neutral lug’ in the main disconnect box near the street had visible and severe corrosion issues and evidence of arcing from a loose connection. This, in turn, caused the flickering lights and voltage fluctuations. He also noticed that the 200 amp main circuit breaker powering the house was extremely corroded from years of weather exposure and expressed concerns about its reliability.

After replacing the neutral lug, reconnecting the neutral conductors, and turning the main circuit breaker back on to restore power, of course it would close or connect only one of the two supply phases. This meant there was no clothes dryer, no fully functional oven, and only half the circuits in the house would work. This confirmed Justin’s fear of having to change the circuit breaker.

Arrangements were made quickly and he drove to the power supply house for the exact matching circuit breaker for replacement. After installation and testing it worked like a champ. Full power forward!

I watched Justin do his job efficiently. He is a blessing and I happily paid him for his services. No kidding! And I’m happy to say that every aspect of the problem was taken care of. It’s been over two weeks now and we’ve had zero flickering, fading, or crashing. Our power issues have been resolved.

Someone said I was lucky to have Justin Peachey, but it wasn’t luck. First I prayed, the Lord prompted me to ask the right person, this man suggested Safe & Sound and Justin heard the message I left on the phone. God led every step of the decision.

Years ago I discovered that when we turn to the Lord and trust Him, He guides us if we listen. Jesus is God and is the best friend I have ever had. And He will be my best friend forever.

So learn to trust the Lord. Then when you have a problem, pray about it. God takes care of you more than you think. He wants to hear from you.

— S. Eugene Linzey is an author, mentor and speaker. Send your comments and questions to [email protected] Visit his website at www.genelinzey.com.