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SQUEAKING HINGES
6/14/2020 3:45:00 PM by: Leona Choy

Some sequestered folks found themselves lassoed into quarantine with people who rubbed each other the wrong way. Or with husbands or wives who were accustomed to part ways in the morning when the workday started. Now the spouse is present 24/7 truly “for better or worse.” The children not only don't leave for school but their online schoolwork has to be supervised. Preschoolers are always underfoot and needing attention. College students may have vacated campus and come home to roost for the duration.

It didn't take long for the honeymoon period of “so-nice-to-spend-quality-time-with-you” to wear off. Some of us began to show our porcupine spines; some tried to withdraw to private corners for solace; some otherwise complacent family members began to grumble and complain about everyone and everything. Not infrequently,  three generations under one roof wasn’t working too well. Add to the mix perpetual growlers. And the weeks wore on—and on—and on....

Some of us have tried to be shining models of patience and good humor always making the best of situations with smiles and platitudes. That too gets on the nerves of those less gifted with a positive attitude. Not all of us are paragons of sweetness and light. Some are simply squeaky hinges, always pointing out the failings of others.

Let me tell you about Uncle John. He was a beloved elderly friend from bygone years who always carried a little can of “3-in-One” oil in his car. He was a do-it-yourself handyman whether or not you thought you needed his services.

Whenever he visited us, we knew what to expect. If any door squeaked, especially some of the older weathered doors which were out of kilter or worn from being opened and closed so many times, we knew Uncle John would attend to them. He also searched for anything else that made an unwanted mechanical noise to give it his undivided attention with the oil can. The many doors in our home were the most silent in the neighborhood.

Strolling down memory lane, I did a Google search to see if the brand was still around. “3-in-One” was originally formulated in 1894 as a general-purpose lubricating oil sold in small cans and squeezable containers for household use. The inventor, George W. Cole of New Jersey, named it for the product's triple ability to "clean, lubricate and protect.”Originally intended for bicycle chains, the oil had a distinctive sharp odor.

Uncle John has long gone to his reward, but indeed, the oil was still around. The product changed ownership many times throughout the 20th century and was bought by its current owners, the WD-40 Company. Ah ha! I discovered that I have a can of that ancient remedy in our tool box!

The company retained the old-fashioned familiar logo of the text "3 in" inside a large numeral "1" and more recently redesigned the can to look like the original early 20th century oil can that Uncle John carried around (hemisphere base with tapered straight spout). The current marketing slogan is "The Tool Kit In A Can."

Uncle John was a devout Christian and the brand name of the oil brings to my mind the analogy of the Trinity with the symbolism of the Holy Spirit's oil for anointing.

There are many squeaky things in life that grate on our nerves and annoy our ears. There are also many squeaky people who make a lot of noise about nothing, and complain about everything. They are often self-centered, picky, fussy, and fastidious. Unfortunately, some of them, (some of us) are in the senior segment of years. The squeaky symptom seems to come along with the package of growing older. No question about it, we have accumulated many things to squeak about, to grouse about.

Some of our squeaks have to do with relationships. Like intergenerational gripes. We sound off about the younger members of our family or modern society in general. People aren't what they used to be, we claim. What we may really mean is that we are no longer the center of our world or theirs. Of course it goes both ways. We may seem bothersome to them, or misunderstood. We, in turn, may misjudge them. The difficulty may be that our two or more generations are trying to coexist in different time zones and yet we share real time in our relationships.

Rather than simply tolerating one another's idiosyncrasies and quirks, we need the “3 in One” Divine Trinity oil with the application of the Holy Spirit's gentleness, patience, love, humility, forbearance, and all the rest of the fruit of the Holy Spirit listed in Galatians chapter five. We need faith in and respect for one another with faith and trust in God that He is continuing to work in all of our lives for good—not necessarily for our personal comfort and convenience, but for the harmonious working out of His purposes among us.

Lord, please give me a big squirt of that Divine Oil to anoint me at the hinge of those potential squeaks of life, especially as I grow older. And when I relate to people in another generation with whom I am in close contact. Send along an Uncle John to remind me, if necessary, so I can be a Barnabas encourager in all my relationships instead of a whiner and grumbler.

 

 


Comments

Donna Duffy From Winchester At 6/15/2020 8:37:23 AM

Dearest Leona, Was able to read your post today. Couldn’t be more appropriate as I’ve had a huge Inter generational household Since March 23. We’ve been using much 3 in 1 oil and need it everyday, but loving the way He is growing us. Thanks for giving me this vivid word picture. Love you dearly!

Reply by: Leona Choy

The Lord is using sandpaper on your relationships to conform you/polish you into His image--think it not strange because you are highly favored and wants you to look like Him.

Dot From Dan At 6/15/2020 4:25:37 AM

- wrought!

Reply by: Leona Choy

You are a friend who has blessed me "hugely!"

Dottie From Danbury At 6/15/2020 4:23:45 AM

Hey, Leona. It is such a pleasure to experience your anointing! What hath God done?

Reply by: Leona Choy

Savor this thought today: "Written in God's Book your days were all ordained when as yet there was not one of them!" Psalm 139:16,17

Heiko Elsinga From The Netherlands At 6/15/2020 4:16:50 AM

Dearest Leona! I have to tell you once again how blessed I am by your writings! Everyone of them touches my heart and encourages me for the day! Thanking God for each of them I pray with you like today that in all my relationships I may be an encourager instead of a whiner and a grumbler. Love you

Reply by: Leona Choy

I love you too, my friend over the sea whom I have never met in person yet--but will meet in Eternal Time when we'll have all the time needed to recount the goodness of the Lord to us in the land of the living.

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