Space restraints in my kitchen require a bit of creative storage. As such, I stash my pots and pans under the sink. Imagine my surprise when I pull out a tipsy-turvy stack to find a small amount of mystery water in them. The tell-tale trail of gross water dripping from the pipe above preceded some internet searching about how to fix a leak.
What I found surprised me more. The sink had been draining slow earlier in the week, but had seemed to clear on its own. Instead of a residual clog, it was just a rubber washer, nudged out of place by the now-cleared clog and a loose fitting.
Two things out of place. A quick cleaning of the washer and a quick tightening of the fitting fixed the leak. The fix was easy. What stays with me is the two small things which lead to the leak.
The rubber washer held a slight crimp, allowing water to pass outside the fitting. But the rubber washer would not have had the crimp had the fitting been tightened appropriately in the first place. It wasn’t the clog that caused the problem–it was the clog that revealed the problem.
Such is life. We feel the pressure of a trial, and when the pressure releases, we praise God for deliverance. Yet in its wake are the leaky pipes of life. Revealed in the trial are the areas that need tightening–maybe have needed tightening for a while.
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power my be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed…” –2 Corinthians 4:7-8 (NKJV)
This life promises trials. And we are earthen vessels with flaws, cracks, and fittings needing some tightening. Experiencing pressure, perplexity, persecution, and strikes ensures finding leaks. But be not dismayed:
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” –2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NKJV)
Leaks will be revealed. We will need to tighten some fittings. But we cannot lose heart. Do not beat yourself up or feel like you have failed once again. These things happen to earthen vessels. And locating the leaks to tighten the weak spots leads to the glory of God.
Rather than despair over the leaky places, see them for what they are: the opportunity to show the glory of God.
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