“Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.” – 1 Timothy 4:16
Just the other day, I was thinking and thanking God that out of the dozens of houses in our neighborhood that have been gutted because of Chinese drywall, ours was safe.
“Bummer for them!” I thought, grateful that I wouldn’t have to pack my things, clear them out and wait for months while the place where I live is literally ripped apart to extract the toxic substance so many have been afflicted with.
Then I got the report from my roommate, the homeowner. “They found a few panels and we’ll know in three weeks how bad it is and what happens next.”
I never thought it would happen to me.
I have Chinese drywall.
Now begins the waiting in anticipation of the final report. How bad is it? How long until we have to leave so the remediation teams can do their work? How long will it take, and above all else, how could things have looked so good on the outside but be so toxic on the inside? Why didn’t we see it coming?