What Is That Smell?

Entering our office one day last week, my nose was greeted with a less than pleasant aroma. Being the budding detective that I am, I became an investigative hound dog and started following my nose. The first place I checked was the trash … nothing there.  Next, I checked the bathrooms and the sinks … nothing there.  Then, I looked under and in all the furniture to see if any old food was hiding … nothing there.  Then I had a fearful thought. Was there stagnant water in the air conditioning system. So, I checked that out … nothing there.

With the smell getting stronger and stronger over the next couple of days, I thought to check out the basement/crawlspace just for fun. As I opened the door to the downstairs, the odor got stronger. Shining a flashlight to the middle of the crawlspace, I spotted a rabbit sized dead animal that looked like it had been there for a couple of days. Ahhh, being the wise sleuth that I am, I put three plus three together, I determined that this could very well be the cause of the nasty smell, a decomposing animal in the crawlspace under the office!

The dead animal was out of reach and required acrobatic ability on my part if I was to remove it myself.  So, I immediately called the property manager who promptly sent the maintenance man. He was very efficient in doing the nasty work that I needed help doing. He crawled under the building, bagged the object, and sprayed the area to make it smell better. Long story short, the dead animal was the cause of the foul odor and removing it from the premise was the solution to the puzzling problem! Case solved! WooHoo!!

This led me to think about a practical application. At what point do you call for help? Sometimes you may need help identifying the problem (what is that smell?). Sometimes you can identify a problem, but need help to solve it (remove the stinking animal). May you have wisdom to know where that decision point is. Talk to others, pray, seek guidance, research. If something is smelly, remember, you don’t have to solve the problem alone.

My Amy in the office:
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Race to the Beginning

Sunrise is at 6:27 this morning. Can I make it? I grab my keys and backpack, get into the car and head downtown to the Dock. It’s cloudy, but sometimes that makes for a beautiful sunrise. Traffic lights provide normal delays and the traffic is moderate. Will I make it in time?

Almost there! Passing the Naval Academy, I get behind about 20 bicycles who look to be racing, too. No problem … they are all going the speed limit, so I follow them into town.

I arrive just in time to see the prize rising up over the water. It comes up like a bridegroom leaving his chamber and like a strong man running its course with joy! The sun rises like clockwork just at the appointed time every day!

So, what are you racing for? Are you racing for the end like those on their bicycles? Or are you racing for the start like I experienced this morning? Both are good goals.  Let us strive with all our energy to set and reach those goals.

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