Invisible pool repair

When I wanted to get the pool in my backyard fixed, I was excited to find a full page color ad for a company that could do all the needed repairs.

After scheduling an appointment, and seeing all the photos, I learned that the repairs could be started within less than two weeks. I was glad! The repairs were going to be expensive so I decided to look up reviews for this company.

It was at this time that I learned that someone posing as this company, was scamming people for money, and not completing the work. I called the company back and got confirmation that they had indeed sent someone to my home…but the person, when he arrived, did not have any distinguishing uniform, did not have a business card, and did not know anything about pool plumbing, so I was concerned.

I decided to drive to the location of the business listed on the better business bureau, and during the drive there, the radio was playing
“Where are you going, where do you go?
Are you looking for answers to questions under the stars?” which made me laugh.
I parked on the side of the road because the entrance to the “address” was very narrow and in a sketch area. I walked to the number of the listed address and found an empty room belonging to a different business was located there that had nothing to do with pools but rather had to do with engines. The other businesses listed in these warehouses were about glass repair.

The men inside the back, in tiny room had not heard of the pool business and said no one had ever come there or asked them as much.
I thought how ironic I used a search engine and all I found was an engine. The business did not exist at its listed address.
I went back to my truck and when I got in the radio was playing
Is there anybody in there?
Just nod if you can hear me
Is there anyone at home?” and I laughed out loud at the humor in the situation.

I decided to call the number listed for the pool repair company and I left a message to the “owner” that I was disappointed because my dad had taught me that when you do business, and are about to spend money on a product, it is important to meet the man in charge and shake his hand. I like to help small businesses and support them by giving them work, but they should not be so small that they are invisible. How could I trust someone I could not meet in person?
I thought about how some people do not trust or believe in God because they think God is invisible as well.
In contrast to this belief, I believe evidence of God is very visible. God is in the order, not the chaos. God is in unity, not division. God is in truth, not lies. God is good, and good is something that we can see. When God created the world, he SAW that it was very good. God, good is not invisible.
God did not need to use deceit to create good. He did not need to use identity theft or a fake profile, or a fake business address. God just created good.

It is not good business, and it is not principle to believe it is necessary to accept substandard business practices within an orderly and efficient society, in order to do business. Good does not come at the cost of evil.

God does not hide underground. If it is a good tree, it bears good fruit. The fruits of good business are high standards, high visibility, integrity, Truth and usefulness.
Though it may seem necessary to accept some evil in order to accomplish some good, God, good, does not co exist with evil the same way light does not coexist with darkness.
The pool that needs to be repaired, will have a proper business to carry on the good work. That which is good does not need to operate in the shadows. Good is not muted, disrupted or divided. Good is easy to find. Bad is what hides. I learned that their are some good businesses that are not listed on the BBB and there are some listed businesses, even with good reviews, that are not legit.

Good as inspiration and ideas from God, comes through other people, on the radio, at church, in our homes and when we pray. We can continue to look for the good, expecting to find it, because we surely shall.


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Melissa Ann Howell Schier

HoustonWorkout on YouTube, mom of five, journalist and artist and conservative who values life.