An Unexpected Visitor

mark-hopperBy Mark Hopper

It is not uncommon to have unexpected visitors during the holiday season.  Out of town friends may plan a last minute trip to sunny southern California.  Neighbors may unexpectedly drop by to say hello.

Recently we had an unexpected visitor at our house.  Unfortunately, this one was a four legged one!

It all started when we began to notice an unpleasant odor in our garage.  At first we thought there must be something in the garbage.   But that wasn’t the case.

Then, we wondered if there was a small gas leak from the clothes dryer.  But, I checked for leaks and did not find any.

The smell continued to get worse over the next few days.  It was a mystery that we needed to solve.

My son and I searched our way around the garage moving boxes and tools looking for the source of the smell. Eventually we retraced the odor back to the clothes dryer.

We disconnnected the flexible vent hose to see if there was anything caught in it but we didn’t see anything. Then we pulled out the dryer and looked into the metal duct work under the dryer.  Still no luck.

Clearly the smell was in the dryer, but we could not see anything.  The next step was to dismantle the dryer so we could look inside.

My son and I are not trained in appliance repair so we looked on the internet.  You Tube had exactly what we needed.  Step by step we removed screws, unhooked the belt and pulled out the drum.

Pretty soon we had dryer parts spread out all over the garage floor.  I wondered if we would ever get it back together again. I suppose we could put up a clothes line in the back yard!

Finally, with the dryer disassembled, we reached the area where the exhaust vent met the lint filter.  That is where we found our four legged unexpected visitor – a dead mouse!  A fuzzy, smelly dead mouse.

I guess he was looking for a warm place to sleep on a cold winter night.   I am sorry that he selected our house and our clothes dryer.  He was an unexpected visitor.

As we approach the Christmas season, we are reminded of another unexpected visitor.  The Bible says that a baby was born in Bethlehem over 2000 years ago.  His earthly parents were looking for a warm place on a cold winter’s night.

The Bible says that this unexpected visitor was God himself who took on human form to live among us.  His name was Jesus who was born in a small, obscure Judean village and who would eventually die on a cruel Roman cross 33 years later.

Christmas is about more than gifts and gatherings of family and friends.  Christmas is about the birth of Jesus Christ.

You can read more about Jesus’ birth in Luke chapter two and Matthew chapter one. You can learn even more by attending a church near you this Christmas season.

Jesus was one of the most unexpected visitors history has ever known.

Efree Church of Diamond Bar 3255 South Diamond Bar Blvd (909) 594-7604 Christmas Eve services: 4:30 & 6:00 PM Christmas Sunday services: 9:30 & 11:00 AM

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